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[Update] Rituparno Volume
full name / name of organization:
Sangeeta Datta, Rohit K Dasgupta, Kaustav Bakshi
This collection is almost complete. We are still looking for one or two more essays on Rituparno's earlier films: Dahan, Ashukh, Utsab, Unishey April and Raincoat. We are especially looking for essays on his television show and his writing. Please send us an abstract and bio by the 01 July at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note we are NOT looking for any more papers on his recent films. The original CFP is below.
The papers might examine his films from various perspectives. More than one paper on each film is accepted, as long as the points-of-view are different:
· Probable theories speculating what made Rituparno Ghosh’s films such a runaway success with the urban bhadrolok audience
· Theoretical engagement with the question as to whether Ghosh’s films consciously or unconsciously endorsed the late capitalist market economy and sold a dream world
· How Ghosh merged literature and cinema, and brought back to Tollywood the practice which had initially generated the term ‘boi’ (as in book) as a Bengali synonym for film
· How Ghosh made Rabindranath Tagore a template from which human life could draw lessons in life and death, moral values, and even revolting against normative assumptions
· Although very consciously bourgeois in his approach, how Ghosh shook the Bengali bhadrolok audience by shaking them out of their complacency by talking freely about marital rape, sexual desire of widows, adultery, passion, parallel sexualities, etc.
· How Ghosh attributed to his female characters an agency, yet, could not make a completely feminist film ever
· How Ghosh’s queerness has time and again made itself evident in several of his films, long before he consciously took up the issue of same-sex desire in Ar Ekti Premer Golpo, Memories in March and Chitrangada
· Ghosh’s unpretentious engagement with his queer self, his performance of his sexuality in public and its impact on the general cultural scene of the city
· Ghosh’s abiding fascination with the film industry, filmmaking, and stardom as testified by several of his films, Ashukh, Titli, Shubho Muharat, Badiwali, Abohomaan, Khela, etc.
· Ghosh’s handling of detective fiction, in Shubho Muharat, Tahar Naamti Ranjana (telefilm), and Satyanweshi (to be released).
· Ghosh as a lyricist: the inspiration he took from Vaishnabpadabali, Meghdoot, Bhanusingher Padabali, etc.
· Ghosh as a talk show host
· Ghosh as a writer
About the editors:
Please send us a 200 word abstract and 50 word bio by 01 July. We shall let you know by the end of July if your abstract has been accepted after review. Complete papers between 5000-6000 words will need to be submitted by 01 October, 2013. Please send abstracts to email@example.com