This essay theorizes a constellation of “high-rise horror” films from contemporary Bollywood as a cinema of apprehension. I elaborate an emergent “techno-aesthetic of security” that plunges spectators into an immersive experience of horror, orienting them to the violence of acute dispossession (of lands and livelihoods) catalyzed by current speculative financial globalization.
The Security Aesthetic in Bollywood’s High-Rise Horror
BISHNUPRIYA GHOSH teaches postcolonial theory, literature, and global media studies in the English Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently working on two monographs on speculative knowledge and globalization: The Unhomely Sense: Spectral Cinemas of Globalization, and The Virus Touch: Living with Epidemics.
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Bishnupriya Ghosh; The Security Aesthetic in Bollywood’s High-Rise Horror. Representations 1 May 2014; 126 (1): 58–84. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2014.126.1.58
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