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Where Histories Reside: India as Filmed Space
by Priya Jaikumar
Duke University Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-1-4780-0412-7 | Paper: 978-1-4780-0475-2 | eISBN: 978-1-4780-0559-9
Library of Congress Classification PN1993.5.I8J29 2019

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In Where Histories Reside Priya Jaikumar examines eight decades of films shot on location in India to show how attending to filmed space reveals alternative timelines and histories of cinema. In this bold “spatial” film historiography, Jaikumar outlines factors that shape India's filmed space, from state bureaucracies and commercial infrastructures to aesthetic styles and neoliberal policies. Whether discussing how educational shorts from Britain and India transform natural landscapes into instructional lessons or how Jean Renoir’s The River (1951) presents a universal human condition through the particularities of place, Jaikumar demonstrates that the history of filming a location has always been a history of competing assumptions, experiences, practices, and representational regimes. In so doing, she reveals that addressing the persistent question of “what is cinema?” must account for an aesthetics and politics of space.
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