By Babli Sinha

Through the lens of cinema, this booklet explores the ways that the U.S., Britain and India impacted one another politically, culturally and ideologically. It argues that American movies of the Nineteen Twenties posited substitute notions of whiteness and the West to that of england, which stood for democracy and social mobility even at a time of virulent racism.


The publication examines the effect that the yankee cinema has on Indian filmmakers of the interval, who have been integrating its conventions with indigenous inventive traditions to articulate an Indian modernity. It considers the way in which American movies within the Nineteen Twenties awarded an orientalist fable of Asia, which occluded the tough realities of anti-Asian sentiment and laws within the interval in addition to the fascinating engagement of anti-imperial activists who sought to take advantage of the U.S. because the base of a transnational community. The ebook is going directly to examine the yankee ‘empire movies’ of the Nineteen Thirties, which tailored British narratives of empire to symbolize the USA as a brand new international paradigm.


Presenting shut readings of movies, literature and paintings from the period, the publication engages cinema stories with theories of post-colonialism and transnationalism, and offers a singular method of the examine of Indian cinema.

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