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Voices of the Talking Stars   :  Women of Indian Cinema and Beyond
Voices of the Talking Stars : Women of Indian Cinema and Beyond

Voices of the Talking Stars : Women of Indian Cinema and Beyond

by Kanan Devi

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Language

English

Publisher

Sage Publications

ISBN

9789381345030 - Year: 2017 - Pages: 194

Binding

Paperback

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Author: Kanan Devi
Ratan Bai/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Madhuja Mukherjee
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 194
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789381345030

Description

This book explores the complex relationships between cinema, industry, cultures, labour and gender during the studio era (1930–55)

The fourth book in the Readings in Gender Studies series, Voices of the Talking Stars is a feminist historiography for films compiled by the School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University. It interrogates the frameworks of film history, culture and politics, weaving in debates on romance, sexuality, body and masculinity.

Examining new categories of analysis such as desire and disquiet, this volume brings together some rare photographs and writings by leading women actors—reproduction of poems by Meena Kumari Naz, an open letter titled ‘I’m a Bad Girl’ by Mae West and an extract from her film I’m No Angel, an interview with Jamuna Barua and a translation from Kanan Devi’s autobiography. It also includes excerpts from the Indian Cinematograph Committee Report (1927–28).

Contents

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
FOREWORD
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


INTRODUCING VOICES AND VERSES
Writing and Archiving the Self
The Problem of Respectable Ladies
Women Writing Cinema
Women Conceiving Cinema

1. WRITING AND ARCHIVING THE SELF: CONVERSATIONS AND BIOGRAPHIES
A Short Note on Devdas On Jamuna Barua
Conversations on Devdas with Jamuna Barua
On Kananbala I Salute All Kanan Devi

2. THE PROBLEM OF RESPECTABLE LADIES: LETTERS AND RESPONSES
‘Letters to New Theatres’ Ratan Bai
‘Why Shouldn’t Respectable Ladies Join the Films’ Sabita Devi

3. WOMEN WRITING CINEMA: VOICES AND VERSES
'Tanhaa Chaand’ and ‘Tukre Tukre’ Meena Kumari Naz
‘I'm a Bad Girl’ and ‘I'm No Angel’ Mae West

4. WOMEN CONCEIVING CINEMA: TALKING STARS
Oral Evidence, Indian Cinematograph Committee Report (1927–28) Ruby Myers nee Sulochana
Oral Evidence, Indian Cinematograph Committee Report (1927–28) Patience Cooper and Rainey Smith nee Sita Devi
Oral Evidence, Indian Cinematograph Committee Report (1927–28) Punjab Board of Film Censors
Oral Evidence, Indian Cinematograph Committee Report (1927–28) Mrs. Ansell, Entrepreneur

EPILOGUE: WHO IS BADAR BEGUM?
BIBLIOGRAPHY

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