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South Asia Department

Professor Rachel Dwyer

BA (London) MPhil (Oxon) PhD (London)

Overview

Rachel Dwyer
Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia

Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema

Centre for Media Studies

Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies

Centre of Jaina Studies

Member, Centre of Jaina Studies

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Member

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Member

Name:
Professor Rachel Dwyer
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Telephone:
020 7898 4294
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
457
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Website:
http://www.racheldwyer.com

Biography

Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London.

She took her BA in Sanskrit at SOAS, followed by an MPhil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford. Her PhD research was on the Gujarati lyrics of Dayaram (1777-1852).

Professor Dwyer has published ten books, several of which are on Indian cinema. She has recently completed 'Bollywood's India: Indian cinema as a guide to modern India for Reaktion Books, London and Hachette, India.  She is currently researching the Asian elephant in India.

Teaching

Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Charusmita, Exploring Hindi cinema as a tool for fostering pro-social dialogue in rural India.
  • Chinmay Sharma, The Mahabharata re-constructed for Hindi and English publics: modernity and the 'national epic'
  • Eleanor Halsall, The Indo-German beginnings of Bombay Talkies, 1925-1939
  • Georgie Carroll, How are water and aquatic fauna fetishised in Sanskrit courtly literature, and to what extent does this erotic language politicise 'love' and 'the body' and reinforce sacred kingship?
  • Helen Ashton, Listening to Indian Accented English in Film (1960-2013)
  • Maddalena Italia, The erotic untranslatable: the modern reception of Sanskrit love poetry in the West and in India
  • Poonkulaly Gunaseelan, ‘Breaking taboos (?)’: Representations of rape in post 1970s Indian-English literature
  • Zebunnisa Hamid, Imaginaries and Industries of New Emerging Pakistani Cinema and Television

Research

Hindi cinema and film culture in South Asia; Hinduism; Gujarati diaspora

Expertise

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Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Short Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • South Asia
Country Expertise
Languages

Publications

Authored Books

Dwyer, Rachel (2014) Bollywood’s India: Hindi cinema as a guide to contemporary India. London/Chicago/New Delhi: Reaktion Books/Hachette.

Dwyer, Rachel (2013) Get started in Gujarati (Teach Yourself Language). London: Teach Yourself/Hodder. (Teach Yourself Language)

Dwyer, Rachel (2008) What do Hindus believe? London: Granta.

Dwyer, Rachel (2006) Filming the Gods: Religion and Indian Cinema. Routledge.

Dwyer, Rachel (2005) 100 Bollywood films. London: British Film Institute.

Dwyer, Rachel and Patel, D. (2002) Cinema India. The Visual Culture of the Hindi Film. London: Reaktion Books. (Envisioning Asia)

Dwyer, Rachel (2002) Yash Chopra. British Film Institute.

Dwyer, Rachel (2000) All you want is money, all you need is love: sex and romance in modern India. Cassell (London).

Dwyer, Rachel (2000) The poetics of devotion: the Gujarati lyrics of Dayaram. Richmond: Curzon. (London studies on South Asia, 19)

Dwyer, Rachel (1995) Gujarati: a complete course for beginners. London: Hodder and Stoughton.

Edited Books

Dwyer, Rachel, ed. (2015) Bollywood. London: Routledge. (Critical concepts in media and cultural studies) (Forthcoming)

Dharampal-Frick, Gita and Dwyer, Rachel and Kirloskar, Monika and Phalke, Jahnavi, eds. (2014) Key concepts in modern Indian studies. New Delhi/New York: Oxford University Press/New York University Press. (Forthcoming)

Dwyer, Rachel and Pinto, Jerry, eds. (2011) Beyond the boundaries of Bollywood: the many forms of Hindi cinema. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Dwyer, Rachel and Pinney, Christopher, eds. (2000) Pleasure and the nation: the history, consumption and politics of public culture in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. (SOAS studies in South Asia)

Book Chapters

Dwyer, Rachel (2014) 'The biopic of the new middle classes in contemporary Hindi cinema.' In: Brown, Tom and Vidal, Belen, (eds.), The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture. London: Routledge, pp. 68-83. (AFI Film readers)

Dwyer, Rachel (2014) 'I love you when you’re angry: Amitabh Bachchan, the star and emotion in the Hindi film.' In: Bandhauer, Andrea and Royer, Michelle, (eds.), Stars in World Cinema. IB Tauris. (Forthcoming)

Dwyer, Rachel (2014) 'Innocent abroad: Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar and the diasporic star.' In: Dudrah, Rajinder and Mader, Elke and Fuchs, Bernhard, (eds.), Shah Rukh Khan and global Bollywood. Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming)

Dwyer, Rachel (2013) 'Bollywood's empire: Indian cinema and the diaspora.' In: Chatterjee, Joya and Washbrook, David, (eds.), Routledge handbook of South Asian diaspora. London: Routledge, pp. 407-416.

Dwyer, Rachel (2013) 'Happy ever after: Hindi films and the happy ending.' In: Ssorin-Chaikov, Nikolai, (ed.), The topography of happiness from the American dream to postsocialism/ Топография счастья от Американской мечты к пост-социализму. Moscow: New Literary Observer [Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie], pp. 357-402. (In Press)

Dwyer, Rachel (2013) 'The Hindi film biopic.' In: Rosenstone, Robert and Parvulescu, Constantin, (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Historical Film. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 219-232.

Dwyer, Rachel (2013) 'Le cinéma indien.' In: Bates, Karine and Boisvert, Mathieu and Granger, Serge and Jaffrelot, Christophe, (eds.), L'Inde et ses avatars: Pluralité d'une puissance. Montreal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, pp. 275-306.

Dwyer, Rachel (2011) 'Bombay Gothic: 60 years of Mahal/The mansion, dir. Kamal Amrohi, 1949.' In: Beyond the boundaries of Bollywood: the many forms of Hindi cinema. Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 130-155.

Dwyer, Rachel (2011) 'Zara hatke!: The new middle classes and the segmentation of Hindi cinema.' In: Donner, Henrike, (ed.), Being middle-class in contemporary India: A way of life. London: Routledge, pp. 184-208.

Dwyer, Rachel (2009) 'Bimal Roy: a different kind of Hindi cinema.' In: Bhattacharya, Rinki, (ed.), Bimal Roy: the man who spoke in pictures. New Delhi: Penguin, pp. 162-171.

Dwyer, Rachel (2009) 'Ich mag es, wenn du zornig wirst: Amitabh Bachchan, Emotionen und Stars im Hindi-film.' In: Tieber, Claus, (ed.), Fokus Bollywood: das indische Kino in wissenschaftlichen Diskursen. Münster: Lit. Verlag, pp. 99-115.

Dwyer, Rachel (2009) 'Depictions of and by religious practitioners in films: Hinduism.' In: Lyden, John, (ed.), Routledge companion to religion and film. New York: Routledge, pp. 141-161.

Dwyer, Rachel (2007) 'Indian cinema.' In: Cook, Pam, (ed.), The cinema book. London: British Film Institute, pp. 221-223.

Dwyer, Rachel (2006) 'Planet Bollywood: Hindi film in the UK.' In: Sayyid, SHasan and Ali, N and Kalra, VS, (eds.), Postcolonial people: South Asians in Britain. Hurst & Co. (UK), pp. 366-375.

Dwyer, Rachel (2006) 'The saffron screen?: Hindi movies and Hindu nationalism.' In: Meyer, B. and Moors, A., (eds.), Religion, media and the public sphere. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 422-460.

Dwyer, Rachel (2006) 'Kiss or Tell? Declaring Love in Hindi Films.' In: Orsini, F., (ed.), Love in South Asia. A Cultural History. Cambridge University Press, pp. 289-302.

Dwyer, Rachel (2006) 'The goddess in Indian film.' In: Goddess: divine energy. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, pp. 153-155.

Dwyer, Rachel (2005) 'Cinema.' In: Cush, D. and Robinson, C. and York, M., (eds.), The encyclopaedia of Hinduism. London: Routledge Curzon.

Dwyer, Rachel (2004) 'Yeh shaadi nahin ho sakti! (This wedding cannot happen!).' In: Jones, GW and Ramdas, K, (eds.), (Un)tying the knot: ideal and reality in Asian marriage. Singapore: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore., pp. 59-90.

Dwyer, Rachel (2004) 'International Hinduism: the Swaminarayan sect.' In: Jacobsen, KA and Kumar, P, (eds.), South Asians in the diaspora: historiesand religious traditions. Brill (Netherlands), pp. 180-199.

Dwyer, Rachel (2004) 'Representing the Muslim: the 'courtesan film' in Indian popular cinema.' In: Parfitt, T and Y.Egorava, , (eds.), Mediating the other: representations of Jews, Muslims and Christians in the media. Routledge/Curzon (UK), pp. 78-92.

Dwyer, Rachel (2002) 'Landschaft der Liebe: die indischen Mittelschichten,die romantische Liebe und das Konsumdenken.' In: Schneider, A, (ed.), Bollywood: das indische Kino und die Schweiz. Museum fur Gestaltung, Zurich (Switzerland), pp. 97-105.

Dwyer, Rachel (2000) 'Shooting Stars: the Indian film magazine Stardust.' In: Dwyer, Rachel and Pinney, C, (eds.), Pleasure and the nation: the history, consumption and politics of public culture India. India: Oxford University Press, pp. 247-85.

Dwyer, Rachel (2000) 'Bombay Ishtyle.' In: Bruzzi, S and Gibson, P, (eds.), Fashion Cultures: theories, explorations and analysis. Routledge (London), pp. 178-190.

Dwyer, Rachel (1998) '“Starry nights”: the novels of Shobha Dé.' In: d'Haen, Theo, (ed.), (Un)writing empire. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 117-133.

Dwyer, Rachel (1994) 'Caste, religion and sect in Gujarat: followers of Vallabhacharya and Swaminarayan.' In: Ballard, Roger, (ed.), Desh pardesh: the South Asian experience in Britain. Hurst, pp. 165-190.

Articles

Dwyer, Rachel (2013) 'My Lord, the elephant.' Seminar: The Monthly Symposium, 651 . pp. 39-42.

Dwyer, Rachel (2013) 'The biggest star of all: the elephant in Indian cinema.' Religions of South Asia , 7 . pp. 195-210.

Dwyer, Rachel (2013) 'Fire and Rain, The Tramp and The Trickster: romance and the family in the early films of Raj Kapoor.' The South Asianist: Journal of South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2 (3). pp. 9-32.

Dwyer, Rachel (2011) 'The case of the missing Mahatma: Gandhi and the Hindi cinema.' Public Culture. Special issue edited by Ritu Birla and Faisal Devji, 23 (2). pp. 349-376.

Dwyer, Rachel (2010) 'Hindi films and their audiences.' Marg. A Magazine of the Arts, 61 (3). pp. 30-39.

Dwyer, Rachel (2010) 'I am Crazy about the Lord: The Muslim Devotional Genre in Hindi Film.' Third Text, 24 (1). pp. 123-134.

Dwyer, Rachel (2010) 'Bollywood’s India: Hindi cinema as a guide to modern India (Based on inaugural lecture, Feb 5, 2008).' Asian Affairs, 41 (3). pp. 381-398.

Dwyer, Rachel (2009) 'Phalke, Dhundiraj Govind [known as Dadasaheb Phalke] (1870-1944).' Dictionary of National Biography .

Dwyer, Rachel (2002) 'Real and imagined audiences: Lagaan and the Hindi film after the 1990s.' Etnofoor, Vol. 1 . pp. 177-193.

Dwyer, Rachel (2000) 'The erotics of the wet sari in Hindi films.' South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 23 (2). pp. 143-159.

Dwyer, Rachel (2000) '"Indian values" and the diaspora: Yash Chopra�s films of the 1990s.' West Coast Line, 32-34 (2, Autumn). pp. 6-27.

Dwyer, Rachel (1998) 'Hindi romantic cinema: Yash Chopra’s Kabhi Kabhie and Silsila.' South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies . pp. 181-212.

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