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[ecrea] TOPIA: Bollywood issue out now

Fri Dec 09 16:54:12 GMT 2011

*/TOPIA 26/ out now!*

/TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies/ is pleased to announce the publication of /TOPIA 26: Bollywood and the South Asian Diaspora/, guest edited by Nandi Bhatia (UWO). Over the last decade, Bollywood—a term that loosely refers to Bombay’s Hindi-Urdu cinema and represents the largest film industry in the world—has attracted tremendous interest as an area of academic inquiry. What links many critical discussions is an attempt to understand Bollywood’s relationship with the diaspora, where this cultural form is increasingly consumed through new communication networks, satellite links, television channels, grocery and online stores, the Internet, Bollyweb, exhibitions, academic courses, and film festivals. The articles assembled in this special theme issue attempt to expand and deepen our understanding of the relationship between Bollywood and the South Asian diaspora, analyzing Bollywood as a complex terrain for the production of multiple and intersecting narratives about “homelands” and imagined communities of diaspora across transnational sites.

The /TOPIA 26 /Table of Contents is below. To purchase a copy of /TOPIA 26/, visit the York University Bookstore, or contact Wilfrid Laurier Press at

*/Number Twenty-six /**– Fall 2011*

*Special Issue: Bollywood and the South Asian Diaspora*

*Nandi Bhatia *

Introduction: Bollywood and the South Asian Diaspora


*Chandrima Chakraborty*

Shaming the Indian Diaspora, Asking for “Returns:” /Swades/

*Priscilla Boshoff*

Bollywood Nights: Indian Youth and the Creation of Diasporic Identity in South Africa

*Shahnaz Khan*

The Complicated Pleasures of Hindi Cinema in Canada

*Madhuja Mukherjee*

Remembering /Devdas/: Travels, Transformations and Persistence of Images Bollywood Style

*Anjali Gera Roy*

Meanings of Bhangra and Bollywood Dancing in India and the Diaspora

*Ajay Gehlawat*

The /Gori /in the Story: The Shifting Dynamics of Whiteness in the Bollywood Film

*Fazeela Jiwa*

Vamps, Heroines, Otherwise: Diasporic Women Resisting Essentialism

*Faiza Hirji*

/Ranis /Making Rotis: Dreams of the Good South Asian Girl


*Review Essays*

*Sonam Singh*

The Production and Consumption of the Bollywood Phenomenon

*Astrida Neimanis*

Theory That Matters: Feminism, Porous Boundaries and the New Materialisms

*Christine Mitchell*

Does Not Compute: Language Circuits and Translatability


*Alia Somani*

Flexible Identities: Muslim Diasporas and the Bollywood Film Industry

*Malreddy Pavan Kumar*

Gender and Nation in Bombay Cinema

*Suvadip Sinha*

Cinematic Mourning: Partition and Indian Cinema

*Jon Sufrin*

History, Media, Memory

*Jaclyn Rohel*

Remembering the Small-Town Chinese Restaurant: Diasporic Culture at the Junction of Old and New

*Caitlin McKinney*

Toward a Queer Canadian Archive

*Pauline Wakeham*

Re-Centring Indigenous Ideas

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