Global South Asia on Screen


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2019

Language: English

272 pages

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With importance for geopolitical cultural economy, anthropology, and media studies, John Hutnyk brings South Asian circuits of scholarship to attention where, alongside critical Marxist and poststructuralist authors, a new take on film and television is on offer.

The book presents Raj-era costume dramas as a commentary on contemporary anti-Muslim racism, a new political compact in film and television studies, and the President watching a snuff film from Pakistan. Hanif Kureishi's postcolonial 'fuck Sandwich' sits alongside Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, updated for the war on terror with low-brow, high-brow versions of Asia that carry us up the Himalayas with magic carpet TV nostalgia. Maoist's rage below and books go up in flames while News network phone-ins end with executions on the Hanging Channel and arms trade and immigration paranoia thrives. Multiplying filmi versions of Mela are measured against a transnational realignment towards Global South Asia in a contested and testing political future.

Each chapter offers a slice of historical study and assessment of media theory appropriate for viewers of Global South Asia seeking to understand why lurid exoticism and paralysing terror go hand-in-hand. The answers are in the images always open to interpretation, but Global South Asia on Screen examines the ways film and TV trade on stereotype and fear, nationalism and desire, politics and context, and with this the book calls for wider reading than media theory has hitherto entertained.

John Hutnyk

John Hutnyk is a writer with 5 single author books: The Rumour of Calcutta: Tourism, Charity and the Poverty of Representation (1996 Zed); Critique of Exotica: Music, Politics and the Culture Industry (2000 Pluto); Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies (2004 Pluto); Pantomime Terror: Music and Politics (2014 Zero); and Global South Asia on Screen (2018 Bloomsbury and Aakar in India); as well as co-authored with Virinder Kalra and Raminder Kaur of Diaspora and Hybridity (2005 Sage). He has edited several volumes of essays, including espceially Dis-Orienting Rhythms: the Politics of the New Asian Dance Music (1996 Zed, co ed with Sharma and Sharma); Travel Worlds: Journeys in Contemporary Cultural Politics (1998 Zed co-ed with Raminder Kaur); editions of the journals Theory, Culture and Society (2000) and Post-colonial Studies (1998)’, and both a festschrift for Klaus Peter Koepping called Celebrating Transgression (2006 Berghahn, co-ed with Ursula Rao); the PhD colloquium volume Beyond Borders (Pavement books 2012); and recent volumes of the journals Educational Philosophy and Theory (2020); Journal of Asian and African Studies (2020) and Social Identities (2021).