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Gender in Bollywood

Camille Paglia + Priyadarshini Shanker

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
8:00 PM–9:30 PM

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What constitutes masculinity in the musical, sparkling world of Bollywood? How do Bollywood films construct, constitute, and comment on gender roles?
Camille Paglia, the scholar and culture critic, is the University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she has taught since 1984. She received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1968 and her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1971 and 1974 respectively.
Her books are: Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (Yale University Press, 1990; Vintage Books, 1991, national bestseller); Sex, Art, and American Culture (Vintage Books, 1992, national bestseller); Vamps & Tramps: New Essays (Vintage Books, 1994, national bestseller); and The Birds, a study of Alfred Hitchcock published in 1998 by the British Film Institute in its Film Classics Series. Her fifth book, Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-Three of the World’s Best Poems, was released by Pantheon Books in 2005 and became a national bestseller, as did its paperback edition published by Vintage Books in 2006. Her work is internationally known and has been widely translated. Her sixth book, a study of the visual arts, will be released in 2012 by Pantheon Books. Her third essay collection is also under contract to Pantheon.
Prof. Paglia is a columnist at, of which she was a co-founding contributor, beginning with its debut issue in 1995. She is also a contributing editor at Interview magazine and a member of the editorial board at Arion, a scholarly journal of classics and the humanities. She has written numerous articles on art, literature, popular culture, feminism, politics, and religion for publications around the world. She has lectured and appeared on television and radio extensively in the United States and abroad.