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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Brown Bag Series with Therona Moodley

The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change is hosting the Brown Bag Series "Rage and Representation: The Disorderly Woman in Indian Cinema" on Friday, December 6 at 12:00pm in 527 Heller Hall. It will be presented by Therona Moodley.

This project examines the nature of transgression via the representation of women in Indian cinema. Moodley seeks to disrupt gender identity and representations of the feminine through an analysis of transgression and rage. Moodley examines these concepts as filmic tropes of silence, despair, and self -annihilation, which entails an understanding that it is more than just about their aesthetics. This is made possible by visuality, whereby the moving image offers the viewer multiple, simultaneous narratives in a single frame. Drawing upon theories of gender performativity and precarity (Butler), the contradictions of competing and conjoining hegemonies (Fernandes), and transgression (Foucault) which in turn constrict, discipline, and open strategic spaces for deconstruction and reconstruction, Moodley proposes a methodology of montage to enable subversive readings of women's transgression in Indian film.