The work of Stuart Hall, cultural theorist and sociologist, has been central to my own intellectual development in postcolonial media studies, as it has been for others engaged with questions about culture and difference, political economy and popular culture, postcolonialism and Marxism. I first encountered Hall, a postcolonial subject himself, racialized in Great Britain, on the shelves of a bookcase in the least-visited section of the British Council Library (BCL) in Mumbai, India. The BCL, that vestige and sign of colonialism and an embodiment of postcoloniality, for a teenager for whom the British raj was a story in a history textbook, was a site to access “high culture.” Indeed, this is...
Postcolonial Media Studies
Madhavi Murty is an assistant professor in feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an affiliate of the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program there. Her research and teaching interests center on popular media, nationalism, globalization, feminism, postcolonial theory, cultural theory, and modalities of difference such as race, caste, and gender. Her current book project focuses on the intertwined projects of Hindu nationalism and neoliberalism in India and their narration in popular culture.
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Madhavi Murty; Postcolonial Media Studies. Feminist Media Histories 1 April 2018; 4 (2): 147–151. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2018.4.2.147
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