Table of contents for Freedom and destiny : gender, family, and popular culture in India / Patricia Uberoi.


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1 'BEAUTYFULL WIFE, DENGER LIFE': ENGAGING WITH
POPULAR CULURE                                        1
I    A Moving Message                              1
'Beautyfull Wife, Denger Life'                1
II   Reading Popular Culture                       3
The Concept of Popular Culture                3
The Semiotics of Popular Culture              7
Imagining the Nation                         10
III  Gender and Genre                             12
Visual Culture and the Controlling 'Gaze'    13
Reading the Romance                          16
Gender and Resistance                        17
IV   Rethinking the Family                        20
The Kinship Map of India                     20
The Indian Joint Family                      22
Arranged Marriage                            24
Dowry and Brideprice                         26
The Limits of Family Change                  28
The Moral Economy of the Indian Family       29
V    Dharma and Desire, Freedom, and Destiny      33
2 FEMININE IDENTITY AND NATIONAL ETHOS IN
CALENDAR ART                                         48
I    Woman/Goddess/Nation: A Contemporary
Controversy                                  48
II   Defining Calendar Art                        49
III  Ravi Varma and the Invention of Calendar Art  52
IV   Deciphering the Archive: Gender and Calendar Art 58
Objects of Desire/Commodities on Sale      60
Icons of Nation                            62
Plurality and Difference                   66
V    Trajectories of Change?                    68
3     'BABY' ICONS: FORMS AND FIGURES OF A
NEW GENERATION                                  85
I    Introduction                               85
II   Envisioning Childhood                      87
III  South Asian Childhoods                     90
Child Socialization as Pathology           91
Childhood between Tradition and Modernity  93
Cosmologies of Childhood                   95
IV   Representing the Child                     97
God-baby                                   98
Welcome-baby                               100
Citizen-baby                              102
Hero-baby                                 103
Customized-baby                           104
4 DESIRE AND DESTINY: RESCRIPTING THE MAN-WOMAN
RELATIONSHIP IN POPULAR CINEMA                    114
I    Prologue: On a Personal Note               114
II   The Body Language of Popular Cinema        117
III  The Problematics of Romance                119
Dharma and Desire                         121
Freedom and Destiny                       123
IV   A Paradigm of Desire                       124
Jabba and Bhoothnath                       125
Chhote Sarkar and the Courtesan           126
Chhoti Bahu and Chhote Sarkar             127
Bhoothnath and Chhoti Bahu                129
V    Happy and Unhappy Endings                  130
5 IMAGINING THE FAMILY: AN ETHNOGRAPHY OF VIEWING
HUM AAPK HAIN KOUN...!                            138
I    What Makes a 'Clean' Movie?                143
The Lack of 'Vulgarity'                    143
The Display of Affluence                    148
The Spirit of 'Sacrifice'                   150
The Family as 'Tradition'                   152
II   The Constitution of the Ideal Indian Family  155
The Ideal of the Joint Family               156
Affinity as a Value                         158
The Truth-telling Voice                     159
III  The Pleasures of Viewing: Voyeurism,
Narcissism, and a Happy Ending              162
IV   The Emblematic Family                       168
6  THE DIASPORA COMES HOME: DISCIPLINING DESIRE
IN DDLJ                                              180
I    Prologue                                    180
II   Indianness: At Home and Abroad              181
III  Dilwale Dulhania Lejayenge                  185
IV   Romance, Indian Style                       189
V    The Tyranny of 'Tradition'                  196
VI   Pardes: Reinstituting the Contradiction of India
and the West                                200
VII 'American Dreams, Indian Soul'               204
VIII Indian Dream, Transnational Location        206
7  LEARNING TO 'ADJUST': THE DYNAMICS OF
POST-MARITAL ROMANCE                                217
I    Domesticating Romance Fiction               217
II   Woman' Era                                  220
III  Twenty Tales of True Romance                222
Tales of Courtship                          223
Tales of Conjugal Love                      224
Sources of Marital Tension                  226
Mediation                                   227
Resolution                                  231
IV   True-life Tales of Marital Breakdown        232
V    Prescription for a Happy Marriage           235
VI   Conclusion                                  238
8 SCRIPTING ROMANCE? TRIBULATONS OF COURTSHIP IN
POPULAR FICTION                                      248
I    Introduction: Constructing the Problematic   248
II   Narrative Trajectories                       252
Making 'Love' Respectable                   252
Putting 'Love' into Arranged Marriage       256
III  Conclusion                                   261



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Women in popular culture India, Women India Social conditions, Family India