Binita Mehta: Cities in Two Films by Mira Nair: The Namesake (2006) and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

Mardi 12 mars 2019 18h15 salle 126 Site Saint-Charles n°1

Cities in Two Films by Mira Nair:
The Namesake (2006) and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
Binita Mehta

Large, cosmopolitan, multicultural, and multiethnic cities play a fundamental role in the cinematic adaptations of two films by director Mira Nair of novels of the same name, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake (2003) and Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007). While New York plays a central role in both films (in the novel The Namesake, Boston is the home of the first generation of the Ganguli family), Calcutta in India and Lahore in Pakistan also play prominent roles in the narratives. The protagonists of both novels and films return to the cities of their birth physically and in their imaginations. Through the metaphor of bridge in The Namesake and flashbacks in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the visual nature of the cinematic medium allows this back and forth to occur more easily. In this study, we will show how cities play an essential role in the formation of immigrant identity in the novels and in their cinematic adaptations, underscoring their very nature as liminal spaces through which the immigrant creates a path between his/her native and adopted home.

Binita Mehta est professeure de français et directrice du département de langues étrangères à Manhattanville College à Purchase, New York. Elle donne des cours de langue, littérature et culture françaises.
Binita Mehta a publié des articles sur la littérature française et la littérature et le cinéma de la diaspora de l’Asie du sud. Ses recherches les plus récentes sont dans le domaine de la bande dessinée et du roman graphique. Avec sa collègue Pia Mukherji, elle a co-edité une collection intitulé, Postcolonial Comics: Text, Events, Identities (Londres et New York: Routledge, 2015). Sa publication la plus récente est un essai, “Graphic History: Postcolonial Texts and Contexts,” co-écrit avec Pia Mukherji, et publié dans la collection, The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postcolonial Writing: New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates. Ed. Jenni Ramone (Londres: Bloomsbury Press, 2017).


Séminaire animé par Judith Misrahi-Barak