Abstract This paper posits that the formula for India's popular cinema (a.k.a. ““Bollywood””——the Hollywood of Bombay) has been fundamentally contoured by the psychodynamics of orality, i.e., by the thought processes and personality structures that distinguish a non-writerly mindset and its narrative creations. Analyses of several Bollywood hits from the past halfcentury illustrate how.
Invisible Representation: The Oral Contours of a National Popular Cinema
Sheila J. Nayar is an assistant professor of English and communication studies at Greensboro College. She is currently completing a book entitled Cinematically Speaking: The Orality-Literacy Paradigm for Visual Narrative.
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Sheila J. Nayar; Invisible Representation: The Oral Contours of a National Popular Cinema. Film Quarterly 1 January 2004; 57 (3): 13–23. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2004.57.3.13
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