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Visions of Empire and Other Imaginings

Cinema, Ireland and India 1910-1962

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Jeannine Woods

This book was shortlisted for the ESSE Junior Scholars book award for Cultural Studies in English, 2012

Since its inception cinema has served as a powerful medium that both articulates and intervenes in visions of identity. The experiences of British colonialism in Ireland and India are marked by many commonalities, not least in terms of colonial and indigenous imaginings of the relationships between colony or former colony and imperial metropolis. Cinematic representations of Ireland and India display several parallels in their expressions and contestations of visions of Empire and national identity. This book offers a critical approach to the study of Ireland’s colonial and postcolonial heritage through a comparative exploration of such filmic visions, yielding insights into the operations of colonial, nationalist and postcolonial discourse.
Drawing on postcolonial and cultural theory and employing Bakhtin’s concept of dialogism, the author engages in close readings of a broad range of metropolitan and indigenous films spanning an approximately fifty-year period, exploring the complex relationships between cinema, colonialism, nationalism and postcolonialism and examining their role in the (re)construction of Irish and Indian identities.

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Index 1916 Rising see Easter Rising A Nation Once Again 157 Acchut Kanya/ The Untouchable Girl 136 Aimsir Phádraig/In the Days of Saint Patrick 89, 99, 100, 101, 103, 106, 113, 118 Akbar (Indian Emperor) 137, 138 Anarkali 138, 139 Anderson, Benedict 21–2 Anderson, Michael 67 Aravamudan, Srinivas 151 Armes, Roy 25, 89, 124, 176, 199n Arnold, Matthew 14, 17, 18, 39, 40 Arrah-na-Pogue 89, 109 Asif, K. 157 Awara/The Vagabond 143,148, 149, 150, 151, 164 Bakhtin, Mikhail 2–4, 25, 26, 123 Ballantyne, Anthony 14n, 15n, 17, 94 Bandit Queen 199 Barton, Ruth 5, 107, 154, 155 Bayly, C.A. 15n Bernink, Mieke 118 Bhabha, Homi 14n, 26, 42, 189–90 Bhakta Vidur 98, 103 Bhaskar, Ira 178 Birth of a Nation 90 Bismi Sadi 105 Black, Cathal 198 Boehmer, Elleke 165 Bold Emmet, Ireland’s Martyr 117 Bombaiwali/Woman from Bombay 172 Boucicault, Dion 89, 109, 115 Bourdieu, Pierre 43 Box, Muriel 191 Brecht, Bertolt 143, 177 Brent, George 71 Brett, David 187–8 Brown, Clarence 71 Buck-Morss, Susan 42 Burns-Bisogno, Louisa 113, 155n Cagney, James 67 Captain Boycott 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81 Carter, Mia 42 Celticism 7, 9, 11–13, 15, 17, 26, 50, 80, 100 Chakrabarty, Dipesh 92–3, 102, 174n, 180 Chakravarty, Sumita 5, 88, 92, 97, 124, 136, 137, 141, 142, 149n, 150, 152, 153, 171, 172, 173, 175n Chatterjee, Anil 178 Chatterjee, Partha 60n, 84, 101, 103, 106, 116, 123, 134, 146, 147, 148, 160, 161, 162 Choudhury, Supriya 178, 180...

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