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Inside the Center & CCSRE Chautauqua: Usha Iyer

Inside the Center & CCSRE Chautauqua: Usha Iyer

Dancing Women:

Choreographing Corporeal Histories of Hindi Cinema

January 21, 2021

Film scholar Usha Iyer, a fellow at both the Stanford Humanities Center and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) for 2020–21 discusses her new book, Dancing Women: Choreographing Corporeal Histories of Hindi Cinema. Iyer examines female dancing in popular Hindi cinema from the 1930s to the 1990s to explore how cinematic dance forms produce unique constructions of gender, sexuality, stardom, and spectacle. Professor Iyer is joined by CCSRE Director Jennifer DeVere Brody and Humanities Center Director Roland Greene.