Gendered Voices of the film: from the Empire Film to Cinema - Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Gendered Voices of the film: from the Empire Film to Cinema

Crédits ECTS : 6

Volume horaire CM : 12

Volume horaire TD : 12

Code ELP : MIA2Y28

Composante : UFR Langues et Civilisations

Période de l'année : Semestre 2

Formes d'enseignement : Non accessible à distance


The focus of this seminar is upon representations of the links between the British Empire and colonialism from the 1930s to the present time in colonial and postcolonial cinema. We will explore a variety of perspectives, from postcolonial studies to gender and cultural studies, in order to examine how the empire film relies on figures and stereotypes that the cinemas of decolonisation and the diasporas reappropriate throigh strategies of irony and subversion. We will study the way the identification of the nation to gendered figures informs narratives and representations and how female directors have offered alternative discourses in various contexts of production.

Informations complémentaires

1938 The Drum (dir. Zoltan Korda)
1947 Black Narcissus (dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
1956 Bhowani Junction (dir. George Cukor)
1957 Mother India (dir. Mehboob Khan)
1965 Shakespeare Wallah (dir. James Ivory)
1982 Heat and Dust (dir. James Ivory)
1984 The Far Pavilions (TV series, dir. Peter Duffell, 316 min.) - The Jewel in the Crown (TV series, dir. Christopher Morahan, Jim O’Brien, 778 min.)
1985 A Passage to India (dir. David Lean) – My Beautiful Laundrette (dir. Stephen Frears)
1993 Bhaji on the Beach (dir. Gurinder Chadha)
1994 Bandit Queen (dir. Shekhar Kapur)
1998 Fire (dir. Deepa Mehta)
2002 The Four Feathers (dir. Shekhar Kapur)
2005 I for India (dir. Sandhya Suri)
2006 Nina’s Heavenly Delights (dir. Pratibhar Parmar) – The Namesake (dir. Mira Nair)
2012 The Reluctant Fundamentalist (dir. Mira Nair) – Midnight’s Children (dir. Deepa Mehta)


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