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Noon Talk: "Can You See What I See? Affectively Gendered Bollywood Edition."

Friday, May 12, 2023 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Hendricks Hall, 330
1408 University Street, Eugene, OR

On Friday, May 12, doctoral candidate Mushira Habib, Comparative Literature, will give a noon talk on her CSWS-funded research, "Can You See What I See? Affectively Gendered Bollywood Edition." Talk description: "My dissertation aims to establish affect as a perspective through which any literary and cultural text can be analyzed. I argue that our lived, embodied, and imagined experiences inform our affective engagement with texts, be it intimate or critical. In this paper, I close-read iconic Bollywood movies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) from an affective gendered perspective. How I perceived these movies once as a young Bangladeshi girl is very different from how I (mis)recognize them today as an international woman of color in the U.S.A. These socio-academic migrational subjectivities are accompanied by my neurodiverse intersectionalities; all of which, together, make up my modes of engagement. Through my talk, I want to lead others to view or review these movies from my affective perspective(s) and thus demonstrate how affect can be a valid form of analytical practice and pedagogy." Attend in person, 330 Hendricks Hall, or by Zoom.