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Cinema in Fragments: Transmediating Popular Hindi Cinema on Small Screens

Tanvir, Kuhu (2020) Cinema in Fragments: Transmediating Popular Hindi Cinema on Small Screens. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Cinema as a medium and an industry has had a steady history of exchange with other media; in Indian cinema, this ranges from paper-based collectibles like booklets of film dialogues, song lyrics, posters, to the sonic landscape of the gramophone and radio that circulated film songs, to television, the Internet and now mobile phones. Each instance of a part of the film travelling to another medium brings its own kind of break with the film in its complete form. It can be argued that a history of the fragmentation of the film is also the history of film-related media exchange, and this history has received no attention in the Indian context. This dissertation follows fragments of Hindi film like songs, dialogues or clips as they break away from and exceed the circumscribed space of the movie theatre and travel across media, on different screens, acquiring different forms and meanings and adapting to the scale and politics of each screen. This project attempts to fill that historiographic gap while also engaging with theories of film exhibition, distribution, piracy and digital participatory culture. This off-centered history of Indian cinema, away from the “unity” of the film screening in a dark movie theater, captures the emerging public sphere and what now constitutes the “popular” life of cinema.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tanvir, Kuhukut10@pitt.edukut
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMajumdar, Neepanmajumda@pitt.edunmajumda
Committee MemberCondee, Nancycondee@pitt.educondee
Committee MemberWaldron, Jenniferjwaldron@pitt.edujwaldron
Committee MemberLee, Jinyingjinying@pitt.edujinying
Committee MemberPunathambekar,
Date: 16 January 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 4 April 2019
Approval Date: 16 January 2020
Submission Date: 1 October 2019
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 264
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Film Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: hindi cinema, bollywood, transmediating, transmediation
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2020 19:50
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2020 19:50


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