Alka Kurian publishes "Post-colonial Transgression in Deepa Mehta's Feminist Quartet"

cover of Behind the Scenes

IAS faculty member Alka Kurian published "Post-colonial Transgression in Deepa Mehta's Feminist Quartet," in Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan and Vimal Mohan John's co-edited collection of essays Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors and Their Cinema.  In this chapter Kurian investigates post-colonial diasporic cinematic representations of subversive Indian femininity through an analysis of Deepa Mehta’s feminist quartet. By means of a close reading of Fire, Earth, Water and Heaven on Earth, Kurian examines Mehta's complex delineation of transgressive Indian women’s decolonizing of their bodies, minds, sexualities and labour.