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Take a sad song and make it better: an alternative reading of Anglo-Indian stereotypes in Shyamaprasad’s Hey Jude (2018)

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posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Glenn D'Cruz
This Paper provides an alternative approach to understanding the function of Anglo- Indian culture in Shyamaprasad’s Malayalam language film Hey Jude (2018). Drawing on his theorization of Anglo-Indian Stereotypes in his book Midnight’s Orphans: Anglo-Indians in Post/Colonial Literature (Peter Lang, 2006), the author contests the reading of the film offered by Rajesh James and Priya Alphonsa Mathew in their recent article, ‘Between Two Worlds: Anglo-Indian Stereotypes and
Malayalam Cinema.’ Rather than hastily dismissing representations of Anglo-Indians in Hey Jude as stereotypical and offensive, this critique of James and Mathew’s argument underscores the importance of situating the film in a broader context and paying more detailed attention to the cultural work performed by its themes and tropes.

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Journal

International journal of Anglo-Indian studies

Volume

18

Issue

2

Pagination

32 - 47

Publisher

Centre of Anglo-Indian Studies

Location

Noble Park, Vic.

ISSN

1327-1652

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Glenn D'Cruz

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