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Voices of the Talking Stars
Women of Indian Cinema and Beyond

Edited by:
  • Madhuja Mukherjee - Associate Professor, Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

© 2017 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Explores the complex relationships between cinema, industry, cultures, labour and gender during the studio era (1930–55)  

The fourth book in the Readings in Gender Studies series, Voices of the Talking Stars is a feminist historiography for films compiled by the School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University. It interrogates the frameworks of film history, culture and politics, weaving in debates on romance, sexuality, body and masculinity. Examining new categories of analysis such as desire and disquiet, this volume brings together some rare photographs and writings by leading women actors—reproduction of poems by Meena Kumari Naz, an open letter titled ‘I’m a Bad Girl’ by Mae West and an extract from her film I’m No Angel, an interview with Jamuna Barua and a translation from Kanan Devi’s autobiography. It also includes excerpts from the Indian Cinematograph Committee Report (1927–28).

 

 
FOREWORD
 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
 
INTRODUCING VOICES AND VERSES
 
Writing and Archiving the Self
 
The Problem of Respectable Ladies
 
Women Writing Cinema
 
Women Conceiving Cinema
 
1.WRITING AND ARCHIVING THE SELF: CONVERSATIONS AND BIOGRAPHIES
 
A Short Note on Devdas
 
On Jamuna Barua
Jamuna Barua
Conversations on Devdas
 
On Kananbala
All Kanan Devi
I Salute
 
2. THE PROBLEM OF RESPECTABLE LADIES: LETTERS AND RESPONSES
Ratan Bai
‘Letters to New Theatres’
Sabita Devi
‘Why Shouldn’t Respectable Ladies Join the Films’
 
3. WOMEN WRITING CINEMA: VOICES AND VERSES
Meena Kumari Naz
'Tanhaa Chaand’ and ‘Tukre Tukre’
 
‘I'm a Bad Girl’ and ‘I'm No Angel’ Mae West
 
4. WOMEN CONCEIVING CINEMA: TALKING STARS
Ruby Myers nee Sulochana
Oral Evidence, Indian Cinematograph Committee Report (1927–28)
Cooper and Rainey Smith nee Sita Devi
Oral Evidence, Indian Cinematograph Committee Report (1927–28) Patience
 
Oral Evidence, Indian Cinematograph Committee Report (1927–28) Punjab Board of Film Censors
 
Oral Evidence, Indian Cinematograph Committee Report (1927–28) Mrs. Ansell, Entrepreneur
 
EPILOGUE: WHO IS BADAR BEGUM?
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY

… open[s] a new dimension to a very under-discussed and under-researched area of film history.

Ashish Rajadhyaksha,
Centre for Study of Culture and Society, Bengaluru

“… open[s] a new dimension to a very under-discussed and under-researched area of film history.”

Ashish Rajadhyaksha,
Centre for Study of Culture and Society, Bengaluru

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