Framing the feminine: Diasporic readings of gender in popular Indian cinema

Title: Framing the feminine: Diasporic readings of gender in popular Indian cinema

Year: 2002

Journal / Publication: Women’s Studies in Communication

Volume: 25

Issue: 1

Pages: 25 – 52

Authors: Ram, Anjali

Abstract:

This essay focuses on the ways in which Indian immigrant women actively engage and interpret Indian cinema. Employing an ethnographic approach, the analysis moves between readers’ readings and film texts in order to locate how Indian cinema mediates the constitution of gendered identities in the diaspora. Keeping alive the sense of agency, this study demonstrates that Indian women viewers/readers simultaneously comply with and resist the dominant patriarchal representations that saturate Indian cinema.

Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07491409.2002.10162440

Keywords:

Women

Indian Immigrants

Indian Cinema

Gender

Identity