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South Asian Gothic


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List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors Introduction - Katarzyna Ancuta and Deimantas Valanciunas Part I History, Politics and Trauma 1. Places Stained by Time: The Gothic Poetics of State Terror in Dhrubajyoti Bora's Kalantor Trilogy - Amit R. Baishya 2. Home Is Where the Horror Is: Pakistani Films and Historical Trauma - Kamayani Sharma 3. The Past and the Present: A Reading of Bhooter Bhabishyat - Nishi Pulugurtha Part II Colonialism, Postcolonialism and Diaspora 4. Search and Subterfuge: The Haunting of the Bengali Bhadralok in Tagore's 'The Hungry Stones - Prasanta Bhattacharyy 5. Tracing Terror and the Uncanny in the Gothic Urdu Fiction of Hijab Imtiaz Ali - Shweta Sachdeva Jha 6. Rebecca in India: The Appropriation of European Gothic in Indian Cinema - Deimantas Valanciunas 7. 'Khamosh! . . . The Kaptan is going to speak': Gothic Conventions and Diaspora in Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies - Shilpa Daithota Bhat Part III. Spirits, Rituals and Folklore 8. Paunksnis Mysteries in the Air: Modern Bhutan and the Cultural Representations of the Supernatural - Runa Chakraborty 9. No Place for Trespassers: Notes Toward a Himalayan Anthropology of Fright - Davide Torri 10. Monsters of Every Stripe: Navigating the Werebeasts of Indian Horror Cinema - Sarah A. Joshi 11. The Tantric as Gothic Villain: Kapalikas and Aghoris in Medieval and Contemporary Indian Literature - Ira Sarma Part IV Gothic Media 12. The Making of a Monster: Evil in Hindi Comics - Aditi Sen 13. 'But Are They All Horrid?' On the Intermittent Use of the Gothic in Hindi Horror Cinema - Valentina Vitali 14. Detecting Ghosts: Anjaan: Special Crimes Unit as Global Gothic Television - Katarzyna Ancuta 15. 'Bhoot FM' and the Gothic Tradition in Bangladesh - Muhammed Shahriar Haque Index

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* South Asian Gothic engages key debates in the study of an area that is seriously overlooked within the field of Gothic studies. * It widens and deepens the critical analysis of the gothic themes and conventions in the texts produced outside the Anglo-American context usually associated with gothic. * This book pays attention to various political, historical and aesthetical configurations in South Asia and is the first attempt to theorise South Asia and its Gothic production as a common cultural landscape. Therefore, the volume will be relevant to scholars and students in the field of South Asian studies. * The volume investigates a wide range of different cultural media and, therefore, is also relevant to media studies and related disciplines including literary criticism, film studies, postcolonial studies, and world cinema studies.

About the Author

Katarzyna Ancuta is a lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Her research interests oscillate around the interdisciplinary contexts of contemporary Gothic/Horror, currently with a strong Asian focus. Deimantas Valanciunas is Associate Professor of Film and Popular Cultures of Asia at the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Vilnius University. His research interests include Indian cinema, postcolonial theory and diaspora studies.

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