“The Invisibility of Popular Indian Cinema in America”
Why is what is often identified as the “world’s largest cinema” virtually unknown in the United States? This presentation will consider some of the circumstances that have allowed popular Indian cinema (somewhat controversially labeled as “Bollywood”) to be neglected or invisible in America, despite its worldwide popularity. The presentation will raise questions about the forms that globalization may take and not take in the international circulation of popular cinema.
Corey Creekmur is an Associate Professor of Film Studies (with appointments in English and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies) at the University of Iowa. His research and teaching interests include American and Indian cinema, American popular culture (including crime fiction and comics), and representations of gender and sexuality in popular media. He serves on a number of local boards including Filmscene and he edits a book series on comics for Rutgers University Press.