Hinduism and Hindi Theater

Hinduism and Hindi Theater
Author: Diana Dimitrova
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2016-08-18
ISBN 10: 1137599235
ISBN 13: 9781137599230
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hinduism and Hindi Theater Book Review:

This book explores the representation of Hinduism through myth and discourse in urban Hindi theatre in the period 1880-1960. It discusses representative works of seven influential playwrights and looks into the ways they have imagined and re-imagined Hindu traditions. Diana Dimitrova examines the intersections of Hinduism and Hindi theatre, emphasizing the important role that both myth and discourse play in the representation of Hindu traditions in the works of Bharatendu Harishcandra, Jayshankar Prasad, Lakshminarayan Mishra, Jagdishcandra Mathur, Bhuvaneshvar, Upendranath Ashk, and Mohan Rakesh. Dimitrova’a analysis suggests either a traditionalist or a more modernist stance toward religious issues. She emphasizes the absence of Hindi-speaking authors who deal with issues implicit to the Muslim or Sikh or Jain, etc. traditions. This prompts her to suggest that Hindi theatre of the period 1880-1960, as represented in the works of the seven dramatists discussed, should be seen as truly ‘Hindu-Hindi’ theatre.

Gender Religion and Modern Hindi Drama

Gender  Religion  and Modern Hindi Drama
Author: Diana Dimitrova
Publsiher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 077357462X
ISBN 13: 9780773574625
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gender Religion and Modern Hindi Drama Book Review:

"In Gender, Religion and Modern Hindi Drama Dimitrova studies the representation of gender and religion in Hindi drama from its beginnings in the second half of the nineteenth century until the 1960s." "Dimitrova focuses on how different religious and mythological models pertaining to women have been reworked in Hindi drama and on whether the dramatists discussed present conservative of liberating Hindu images of the feminine."--Résumé de l'éditeur.

The Other in South Asian Religion Literature and Film

The Other in South Asian Religion  Literature and Film
Author: Diana Dimitrova
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2014-01-10
ISBN 10: 1317937317
ISBN 13: 9781317937319
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Other in South Asian Religion Literature and Film Book Review:

This book introduces the term "otherism" and looks at the discourse of otherism and the issue of otherness in South Asian religion, literature and film. It examines cultural questions related to the human condition of being the "other," of the process of "othering" and of the representation of "otherness" and its religious, cultural and ideological implications. The book applies the perspectives of ideological criticism, theories of hybridity, orientalism, nationalism, and gender and queer studies to gain new insights into the literature, film and culture of South Asia. It looks at the different ways of interpreting "otherness" today. The book goes on to analyze the ideological implications of the creation of "otherness" with regard to religious and cultural identity and the legitimation of power, as well as how the representation of "otherness" reflects the power structures of contemporary societies in South Asia. Offering a well-thought-out reflection on important cultural questions as well as a deep insight into the study of religion and "otherness" in South Asian literature and film, this book is a pioneering project that is of interest to scholars of South Asian Studies and South Asian religions, literatures and cultures.

Gender Religion and Modern Hindi Drama

Gender  Religion  and Modern Hindi Drama
Author: Diana Dimitrova
Publsiher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2008-03-19
ISBN 10: 0773577637
ISBN 13: 9780773577633
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gender Religion and Modern Hindi Drama Book Review:

Diana Dimitrova studies the representation of gender and religion in Hindi drama from its beginnings in the second half of the nineteenth century until the 1960s - the period when urban proscenium Hindi theatre, which originated under Western influence, matured and thrived. Her focus is on how different religious and mythological models pertaining to women have been reworked in Hindi drama and whether the seven representative dramatists discussed in this book present conservative or liberating Hindu images of the feminine. She examines how the intersections of gender, religion, and ideology account for the creation of the canon of modern Hindi drama, specifically the assertion of a conservative interpretation of orthodox Hindu images of the feminine as well as the exclusion of dramatists who introduce innovative liberating images of the feminine. The overt reason for the negative attitude toward this innovative representation of gender is that it is perceived as "Western" and thus "non-Indian." By contrast, the author's analysis of Hindu mythology, religion, and theatre history reveals that the new interpretation of gender is deeply embedded in Hindu tradition and is thus both Hindu Indian and modernist Western in character.

Western Tradition and Naturalistic Hindi Theatre

Western Tradition and Naturalistic Hindi Theatre
Author: Diana Dimitrova
Publsiher: Peter Lang
Total Pages: 129
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9780820468228
ISBN 13: 0820468223
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Western Tradition and Naturalistic Hindi Theatre Book Review:

Western Tradition and Naturalistic Hindi Theatre is a critical study of the dramatic work of naturalistic Hindi playwright Upendranath Ashk (1910-1996). The book explores modern Hindi drama from its beginnings in the second half of the nineteenth century until the 1960s. During this period, proscenium Hindi theatre, which originated under Western influence, matured and thrived. In the years after Independence, there was a strong resentment of Western ideas and cultural influence. Because of political controversies with the British, «Western» influence also came to be understood as «non-Indian» in the sphere of literature. This resulted in a negative stance toward the naturalistic play of Hindi and those dramatists who adhered to it. Thus, this book is a contribution to the present-day cultural dialogue between East and West.

Rethinking the Body in South Asian Traditions

Rethinking the Body in South Asian Traditions
Author: Diana Dimitrova
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2020-12-16
ISBN 10: 1000257959
ISBN 13: 9781000257953
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rethinking the Body in South Asian Traditions Book Review:

This book analyses cultural questions related to representations of the body in South Asian traditions, human perceptions and attitudes toward the body in religious and cultural contexts, as well as the processes of interpreting notions of the body in religious and literary texts. Utilising an interdisciplinary perspective by means of textual study and ideological analysis, anthropological analysis, and phenomenological analysis, the book explores both insider- and outsider perspectives and issues related to the body from the 2nd century CE up to the present-day. Chapters assess various aspects of the body including processes of embodiment and questions of mythologizing the divine body and othering the human body, as revealed in the literatures and cultures of South Asia. The book analyses notions of mythologizing and "othering" of the body as a powerful ideological discourse, which empowers or marginalizes at all levels of the human condition. Offering a deep insight into the study of religion and issues of the body in South Asian literature, religion and culture, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of South Asian studies, South Asian religions, South Asian literatures, cultural studies, philosophy and comparative literature.

Religion in Literature and Film in South Asia

Religion in Literature and Film in South Asia
Author: Diana Dimitrova
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2010-02-15
ISBN 10: 0230105521
ISBN 13: 9780230105522
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion in Literature and Film in South Asia Book Review:

This innovative, interdisciplinary collection of essays by scholars based in Europe and the United States offers stimulating approaches to the role played by religion in present-day South Asia.

Imagining Indianness

Imagining Indianness
Author: Diana Dimitrova,Thomas de Bruijn
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2017-02-08
ISBN 10: 3319410156
ISBN 13: 9783319410159
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Imagining Indianness Book Review:

This book brings together several important essays examining the interface between identity, culture, and literature within the issue of cultural identity in South Asian literature. The book explores how one imagines national identity and how this concept is revealed in the narratives of the nation and the production of various cultural discourses. The collection of essays examines questions related to the interpretation of the Indian past and present, the meanings of ancient and venerated cultural symbols in ancient times and modern, while discussing the ideological implications of the interpretation of identity and “Indianness” and how they reflect and influence the power-structures of contemporary societies in South Asia. Thus, the book studies the various aspects of the on-going process of constructing, imagining, re-imagining, and narrating “Indianness”, as revealed in the literatures and cultures of India.

Filming the Gods

Filming the Gods
Author: Rachel Dwyer
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2006-09-27
ISBN 10: 1134380690
ISBN 13: 9781134380695
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Filming the Gods Book Review:

Filming the Gods examines the role and depiction of religion in Indian cinema, showing that the relationship between the modern and the traditional in contemporary India is not exotic, but part of everyday life. Concentrating mainly on the Hindi cinema of Mumbai, Bollywood, it also discusses India's other cinemas. Rachel Dwyer's lively discussion encompasses the mythological genre which continues India's long tradition of retelling Hindu myths and legends, drawing on sources such as the national epics of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana; the devotional genre, which flourished at the height of the nationalist movement in the 1930s and 40s; and the films made in Bombay that depict India's Islamicate culture, including the historical, the courtesan film and the 'Muslim social' genre. Filming the Gods also examines the presence of the religious across other genres and how cinema represents religious communities and their beliefs and practices. It draws on interviews with film stars, directors and producers as well as popular fiction, fan magazines and the films themselves. As a result, Filming the Gods is a both a guide to the study of film in religious culture as well as a historical overview of Indian religious film.

Divinizing in South Asian Traditions

Divinizing in South Asian Traditions
Author: Diana Dimitrova,Tatiana Oranskaia
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 132
Release: 2018-06-14
ISBN 10: 1351123602
ISBN 13: 9781351123600
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Divinizing in South Asian Traditions Book Review:

The issue of divinizing in South Asian traditions has not been examined before as a process involving various methods to affect the socio-cultural cognition of the community. It is therefore essential to consider the context of "divinizing" and to analyse what groups, institutions or individuals define the discourse, what are the ideological positions that they represent, and who or what is being divinized. This book deals with the issue of divinizing in South Asian traditions. It aims at studying cultural questions related to the representations and the mythologizing of the divine. It also explores the human relations to the "divine other." It studies the interpretations of the divine in religious texts and the embodiment of the "divine other" in ritual practices. The focus is on studying the phenomenon of divinizing in its religious, cultural, and ideological implications. The book comprises eight chapters that explore the question of divinizing from the 2nd century CE up to present-day in North and South India. The chapters discuss the issue both from insider and outsider perspectives, within the framework of textual study as well as ideological and anthropological analysis. All articles explore various aspects of the cultural phenomenon of being in relation to the divine other, of the process of interpreting and embodying the divine, and of the representation of the divinizing process, as revealed in the literatures and cultures of South Asia. Applying theoretical models of religious and cultural studies to discuss texts written in South Asian languages and engage in critical dialogue with current scholarship, this book is an indispensable study of literary, religious and cultural production in South Asia. It will be of interest to academics in the fields of South Asian studies, Asian Studies, religious and cultural studies as well as comparative religion.

Gender Genre and Religion

Gender  Genre and Religion
Author: Calgary Institute for the Humanities
Publsiher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 1995-07-14
ISBN 10: 0889202532
ISBN 13: 9780889202535
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gender Genre and Religion Book Review:

Many feminists today are challenging the outmoded aspects of both the conventions and the study of religion in radical ways. Canadian feminists are no exception. Gender, Genre and Religion is the outcome of a research network of leading women scholars organized to survey the contribution of Canadian women working in the field of religious studies and, further, to “plot the path forward.” This collection of their essays covers most of the major religious traditions and offers exciting suggestions as to how religious traditions will change as women take on more central roles. Feminist theories have been used by all contributors as a springboard to show that the assumptions of unified monolithic religions and their respective canons is a fabrication created by a scholarship based on male privilege. Using gender and genre as analytical tools, the essays reflect a diversity of approaches and open up new ways of reading sacred texts. Superb essays by Pamela Dickey Young, Winnie Tomm, Morny Joy and Marsha Hewitt, among others, honour the first generation of feminist theologians and situate the current generation, showing how they have learned from and gone beyond their predecessors. The sensitive and original essays in Gender, Genre and Religion will be of interest to feminist scholars and to anyone teaching women and religion courses.

The Other in South Asian Religion Literature and Film

The Other in South Asian Religion  Literature and Film
Author: Diana Dimitrova
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2014-01-10
ISBN 10: 1317937325
ISBN 13: 9781317937326
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Other in South Asian Religion Literature and Film Book Review:

This book introduces the term "otherism" and looks at the discourse of otherism and the issue of otherness in South Asian religion, literature and film. It examines cultural questions related to the human condition of being the "other," of the process of "othering" and of the representation of "otherness" and its religious, cultural and ideological implications. The book applies the perspectives of ideological criticism, theories of hybridity, orientalism, nationalism, and gender and queer studies to gain new insights into the literature, film and culture of South Asia. It looks at the different ways of interpreting "otherness" today. The book goes on to analyze the ideological implications of the creation of "otherness" with regard to religious and cultural identity and the legitimation of power, as well as how the representation of "otherness" reflects the power structures of contemporary societies in South Asia. Offering a well-thought-out reflection on important cultural questions as well as a deep insight into the study of religion and "otherness" in South Asian literature and film, this book is a pioneering project that is of interest to scholars of South Asian Studies and South Asian religions, literatures and cultures.

The Bloomsbury Companion to Religion and Film

The Bloomsbury Companion to Religion and Film
Author: William L. Blizek
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 440
Release: 2013-01-17
ISBN 10: 1441138781
ISBN 13: 9781441138781
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bloomsbury Companion to Religion and Film Book Review:

Originally published as the The Continuum Companion to Religion and Film, this Companion offers the definitive guide to study in this growing area. Now available in paperback, the Bloomsbury Companion to Religion and Film covers all the most pressing and important themes and categories in the field - areas that have continued to attract interest historically as well as topics that have emerged more recently as active areas of research. Twenty-nine specifically commissioned essays from a team of experts reveal where important work continues to be done in the field and provide a map of this evolving research area. Featuring chapters on methodology, religions of the world, and popular religious themes, as well as an extensive bibliography and filmography, this is the essential tool for anyone with an interest in the intersection between religion and film.

Popular Hindi Cinema

Popular Hindi Cinema
Author: Ronie Parciack
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 196
Release: 2016-04-20
ISBN 10: 131733325X
ISBN 13: 9781317333258
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Popular Hindi Cinema Book Review:

The popular Hindi film industry is the largest in India and the most conspicuous film industry in the non-Western world. This book analyses the pivotal visual and narrative conventions employed in popular Hindi films through the combined prism of film studies and classical Indian philosophy and ritualism. The book shows the films outside Western paradigms, as visual manifestations and outcomes of the evolution of classical Hindu notions and esthetic forms. These include notions associated with the Advaita-Vedānta philosophical school and early Buddhist thought, concepts and dynamism stemming from Hindu ritualism, rasa esthetic theories, as well as Brahmanic notions such as dharma (religion, law, order), and mokṣa (liberation). These are all highly abstract notions which the author defines as "the unseen": a cluster of diversified concepts denoting what subsists beyond the phenomenal, what prevails beyond the empirical world of saṁsāra and stands out of this world (alaukika), while simultaneously being embodied and transformed within visual filmic imagery, codes and semiotics that are teased out and analyzed. A culturally sensitive reading of popular Hindi films, the interpretations put forward are also applicable to the Western context. They enable a fuller understanding of religious phenomena outside the primary religious field, within the vernacular arenas of popular culture and mass communication. The book is of interest to scholars in the fields of Indology, modern Indian studies, film, media and cultural studies.

The Apocalyptic Dimensions of Climate Change

The Apocalyptic Dimensions of Climate Change
Author: Jan Alber
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2021-09-07
ISBN 10: 3110730286
ISBN 13: 9783110730289
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Apocalyptic Dimensions of Climate Change Book Review:

Climate change and the apocalypse are frequently associated in the popular imagination of the twenty-first century. This collection of essays brings together climatologists, theologians, historians, literary scholars, and philosophers to address and critically assess this association. The contributing authors are concerned, among other things, with the relation between cultural and scientific discourses on climate change; the role of apocalyptic images and narratives in representing environmental issues; and the tension between reality and fiction in apocalyptic representations of catastrophes. By focusing on how figures in fictional texts interact with their environment and deal with the consequences of climate change, this volume foregrounds the broader social and cultural function of apocalyptic narratives of climate change. By evoking a sense of collective human destiny in the face of the ultimate catastrophe, apocalyptic narratives have both cautionary and inspirational functions. Determining the extent to which such narratives square with scientific knowledge of climate change is one of the main aims of this book.

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Popular Culture

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Popular Culture
Author: John C. Lyden,Eric Michael Mazur
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 584
Release: 2015-03-27
ISBN 10: 1317531051
ISBN 13: 9781317531050
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Popular Culture Book Review:

Religion and popular culture is a fast-growing field that spans a variety of disciplines. This volume offers the first real survey of the field to date and provides a guide for the work of future scholars. It explores: key issues of definition and of methodology religious encounters with popular culture across media, material culture and space, ranging from videogames and social networks to cooking and kitsch, architecture and national monuments representations of religious traditions in the media and popular culture, including important non-Western spheres such as Bollywood This Companion will serve as an enjoyable and informative resource for students and a stimulus to future scholarly work.

Acts of Authority Acts of Resistance

Acts of Authority Acts of Resistance
Author: Nandi Bhatia
Publsiher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2010-02-01
ISBN 10: 0472024620
ISBN 13: 9780472024629
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Acts of Authority Acts of Resistance Book Review:

Despite its importance to literary and cultural texts of resistance, theater has been largely overlooked as a field of analysis in colonial and postcolonial studies. Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance seeks to address that absence, as it uniquely views drama and performance as central to the practice of nationalism and anti-colonial resistance. Nandi Bhatia argues that Indian theater was a significant force in the struggle against oppressive colonial and postcolonial structures, as it sought to undo various schemes of political and cultural power through its engagement with subjects derived from mythology, history, and available colonial models such as Shakespeare. Bhatia's attention to local histories within a postcolonial framework places performance in a global and transcultural context. Drawing connections between art and politics, between performance and everyday experience, Bhatia shows how performance often intervened in political debates and even changed the course of politics. One of the first Western studies of Indian theater to link the aesthetics and the politics of that theater, Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance combines in-depth archival research with close readings of dramatic texts performed at critical moments in history. Each chapter amplifies its themes against the backdrop of specific social conditions as it examines particular dramatic productions, from The Indigo Mirror to adaptations of Shakespeare plays by Indian theater companies, illustrating the role of theater in bringing nationalist, anticolonial, and gendered struggles into the public sphere. Nandi Bhatia is Associate Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario.

Hindi Literature in the Twentieth Century

Hindi Literature in the Twentieth Century
Author: Hans Peter Theodor Gaeffke,Peter Gaeffke
Publsiher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
Total Pages: 118
Release: 1978
ISBN 10: 9783447016148
ISBN 13: 3447016140
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hindi Literature in the Twentieth Century Book Review:

Indian Literature and Popular Cinema

Indian Literature and Popular Cinema
Author: Heidi R.M. Pauwels
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2007-12-17
ISBN 10: 1134062559
ISBN 13: 9781134062553
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Indian Literature and Popular Cinema Book Review:

This book is about the popular cinema of North India ("Bollywood") and how it recasts literary classics. It addresses questions about the interface of film and literature, such as how Bollywood movies rework literary themes, offer different (broader or narrower) interpretations, shift plots, stories, and characters to accommodate the medium and the economics of the genre, sometimes even changing the way literature is read. This book addresses the socio-political implications of popular reinterpretations of "elite culture", exploring gender issues and the perceived "sexism" of the North Indian popular film and how that plays out when literature is reworked into film. Written by an international group of experts on Indian literature and film, the chapters in this book focus on these central questions, but also cover a wide range of literary works that have been adapted in film. Each part of the book discusses how a particular genre of literature has been "recast" into film. The individual chapters focus on comparisons and close studies of individual films or film songs inspired by "classics" of literature. The book will be of interest to those studying Indian film and literature and South Asian popular culture more generally.

Reliving Karbala

Reliving Karbala
Author: Syed Akbar Hyder
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 261
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 0195189302
ISBN 13: 9780195189308
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reliving Karbala Book Review:

Notes on Transliteration p. xv Introduction p. 3 1 Visions and Re-visions of Karbala p. 13 2 Mourning in Migrant Spaces p. 61 3 Commemorative Politics and Poetics p. 73 4 Lyrical Martyrdom p. 105 5 Iqbal and Karbala p. 137 6 From Communal to Ecumenical p. 161 Conclusion p. 203 Glossary p. 211 Notes p. 217 Bibliography p. 239 Index p. 251