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Hughes, Stephen (2013) '“The production of the past: Tamil film history as a living archive”.' BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies, 4 (1). pp. 71-80.

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This article considers a series of questions about the relationships between historical sources, archival practice, and the production of film history about Tamil cinema of the 1930s. I review the range of archival material relevant for producing histories of early Tamil film in order to consider how the issue of access to historical sources has produced various kinds of expert knowledge. What kind of limits do these various film archives impose on our historical research? How do these archives constitute their own historical narratives? And, how might we begin to think critically beyond these limitations to write alternative histories of early Tamil film? I argue that these questions are vital in order to remake film history as an ongoing, unfinished, and open-ended project that is part of the living present.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Tamil cinema, 1930s, archives, film history
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Media Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
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ISSN: 09749276
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 12:00

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