Performance and Melodrama in Bollywood: Is it all about the hips?
Aditi Dasgupta analyses the performativity of melodrama in context of popular Bombay cinema. Her thesis looks at whay constitutes the popular and how the form of dance in melodrama still manages to justify and regulate its presence amongst cinema audiences.
Interrogating the feminist in the home
Arpita Roy examines feminism in relation to the femininity of the domestic sphere, commenting particularly on issues pertaining to articulating the suppressed experiences of domestic helps and the similarities of these across a socio-cultural spectrum.
A Conversation about Conversations between Feminists: On Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman
Laura Tansley dialogically discusses perceptions of feminism and the feminist in popular imagination in context of How to be a Woman. From masturbation to shaving armpits to porn, Tansley’s conversation on Moran’s self-consciously feminist text touches many issues of direct and immediate pertinence to feminists and to those who are so and do not recognise themselves as such.