South Asia

Organized Panel Session

161 - Indian Film Booklets and Their Publics

7/7/2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Jacaranda I, First Floor

This interdisciplinary panel examines film booklets that enjoyed prolific circulation alongside the rise of the talkie in South Asia. As crucial material artifacts for historiographies of print culture, visual culture, stardom, and film viewing practices, our papers' methodological approaches collectively span musicology, history, performance studies, and cinema studies. The individual papers consider various lives and methodological questions with respect to film booklets across a number of South Asian film cultures that include Telugu, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, and even Persian-language productions. As objects that contain text, film stills, typographical flourishes, ornamental decorations, and illustrations, we approach film booklets as assemblages of affects and representational traditions, which in turn raise questions about visuality, orality, and iconicity across multiple old and new media. 

By moving away from a Hindi cinema-centric analysis, this panel will push the boundaries of the framework of “regional” cinema in order to develop a historical framework for understanding South Asian cinema through material culture from the 1930s until the 1970s. A focused consideration of film booklets thus occasions reflection upon such paratexts, whether by necessity, when booklets are taken as traces of films that are no longer extant or as an intervention in and of itself, which displaces the assumed centrality of the screen/theatre/film reel.

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Rachel M. Ball-Phillips

Southern Methodist University, United States

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Rachel M. Ball-Phillips

Southern Methodist University, United States

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Rachel M. Ball-Phillips

Southern Methodist University, United States

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Rumya Putcha

Texas A&M University, United States

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Samhita Sunya

University of Virginia, United States

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Madhuja Mukherjee

Jadavpur University, India

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