Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity by Zakir Hossain Raju

This book analyses the relationship between cinema and modernity in Bangladesh. It investigates the roles of a non-western 'national' film industry in Asia in constructing nationhood and identity within colonial and postcolonial predicaments. The political and economic forces and the cultural institutions that have been active in shaping Bangladesh cinema are presented. The author explores how the conflict among different social groups turned Bangladesh cinema into a site of contesting identities during the twentieth century and beyond. In particular, he illustrates the connections between film production and reception in Bangladesh and a variety of nationalist constructions of Bengali Muslim identity. Drawing on the idea of cinema as public sphere and the postcolonial notion of formation of the 'Bangladesh' nation, interactions between cinema and middle-class Bengali Muslims in different social and political matrices are analysed. It is then argued that the development of western-educated Bengali-Muslim middle classes and their search for a distinct cultural identity affected the development of cinema as a cultural institution in postcolonial East Pakistan and Bangladesh. This book, the first major academic study on this large and vibrant national cinema, demonstrates that Bangladesh national cinema worked as different 'public spheres' for different 'publics' throughout the twentieth century. It fills a gap in Global Film and Media Studies as well as in South Asian Studies.

Buy Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity by Zakir Hossain Raju from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780415465441
ISBN-10: 0415465443
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 242
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2014
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity by Zakir Hossain Raju

Book Reviews - Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity by Zakir Hossain Raju

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity book by Zakir Hossain Raju and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Zakir Hossain Raju

Zakir Hossain Raju is Associate Professor for Media and Communication at the Independent University, Bangladesh. His research focuses on popular visual culture in Asia, especially the national cinemas in Bangladesh and Malaysia

Books By Zakir Hossain Raju

Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity by Zakir Hossain Raju
Paperback, November 2017
$70.19