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Dancing with the Nation Courtesans in Bombay Cinema

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ISBN-10: 1501334433

ISBN-13: 9781501334436

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ruth Vanita

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Indian cinema is the only body of world cinema that depicts courtesans as important characters. In early films courtesan characters transmitted Indian classical dance, music and aesthetics to large audiences. They represent the nation's past, tracing their heritage to the fourth-century Kamasutra and to nineteenth-century courtly cultures, but they are also the first group of modern women in Hindi films. They are working professionals living on their own or in matrilineal families. Like male protagonists, they travel widely and develop networks of friends and chosen kin. They have relations with men outside marriage and become single mothers. Courtesan films are heroine-oriented and almost…    
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Book details

List price: $175.49
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic & Professional
Publication date: 2/22/2018
Binding: E-Book 
Pages: 232
Language: English

Ruth Vanita is Associate Professor of Women7;s Studies at the University of Montana. Saleem Kidwai is a translator, writer, and consultant living in New Delhi.