Trans Global Trans

This course will conduct an archaeology of the South Asian screen with the intent of unearthing voices from the margins of gender, sexuality, race, religion, age and more. The course will bridge topics in film/media studies, history, sociology and political science. Topics to be covered include:
• Cross-dressing in Indian silent-era films
• The Jewish/Muslim/Anglo presence in early Indian Cinema
• Genealogy of the Bollywood vamp
• Concept of ‘third sex’ in South Asian culture
• Asian horror and Asian camp as sites of marginality
• Effeminate men and butch women of the East
• South Asian Diasporic cinema
• Cinema and activism (around issues of gender/sexuality)
• Perspectives of the elderly in South Asian cinema