Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts - Non-Human Animals in South Asian Myth, Ritual and Folklore - Fabrizio M. Ferrari

Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts - Non-Human Animals in South Asian Myth, Ritual and Folklore - Fabrizio M. Ferrari

The Biggest Star of All: The Elephant in Hindi Cinema

Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts - Non-Human Animals in South Asian Myth, Ritual and Folklore - Fabrizio M. Ferrari

Rachel Dwyer [+-]
University of London
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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.

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This chapter looks at how the elephant’s cinematic image developed from their earlier representations to create a new way of looking at the elephant and considers why this is increasingly important at a time when the animal’s future is in the balance.

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Dwyer, Rachel. The Biggest Star of All: The Elephant in Hindi Cinema. Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts - Non-Human Animals in South Asian Myth, Ritual and Folklore. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 181 - 198 Oct 2013. ISBN 9781908049599. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=21397. Date accessed: 19 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.21397. Oct 2013

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