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dc.rights.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/legalcodenone
dc.contributor.authorNiazi, Sarah Rahmannone
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-01T11:45:37Z
dc.date.available2019-08-01T11:45:37Z
dc.date.issued2019none
dc.identifier.issn2000-1525none
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.genderopen.de/25595/1428
dc.description.abstractMy paper explores categories of gender, ethnicity, modernity and performance through the figure of the ‘white’ actress in the early years of Indian cinema (1920-1940). Film was a lucrative site of business for intrepidly ambitious individuals in search of reinvention in Bombay. For women from ‘white’ backgrounds, cinema became a means to recast their identity; helping them reclaim the public sphere in new and radical ways. The trace of ‘white’ actresses in the history of Indian cinema configures and transforms the status of performers and performance from the silent to the early sound period. The industry attracted a large number of Anglo Indian, Eurasian and Jewish girls, who became the first group of women to join the industry uninhibited by the social opprobrium against film work. I use hagiographic records, film reviews and stills to map the roles women from the Anglo Indian and Jewish communities were dressed up to ‘play’ in the films. These roles helped perpetuate certain stereotypes about women from these communities as well as impinged on the ways that their identity was configured. Through the history of the Anglo Indian and Jewish women in the larger public sphere I lay out and highlight the field from where individuals and personalities emerged to participate in the cinematic process. I see the community as marking and inflecting a system of signs on the body of these women through which identity was constructed and their attempts at reinvention were engendered - a process of individuation, of ‘being’ and of being framed within a particular logic of the popular imaginary frames of representation.none
dc.language.isoengnone
dc.subject.ddc306 Kultur und Institutionennone
dc.subject.othercinemanone
dc.subject.otherBombaynone
dc.subject.otherreinventionnone
dc.subject.otherAnglo Indiannone
dc.subject.otherJewishnone
dc.subject.otherActressnone
dc.subject.othergendernone
dc.subject.otherracenone
dc.titleWhite Skin/ Brown Masks : The Case of ‘White’ Actresses From Silent to Early Sound Period in Bombaynone
dc.typearticle
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.25595/1422
dc.source.pageinfo332-352none
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionnone
dc.source.journalCulture unbound : Journal of current cultural researchnone
dc.source.issue3none
dc.source.volume10none
dc.identifier.pi10.3384/cu.2000.1525.2018103332none
local.typeZeitschriftenartikel


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