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Anupama Kapse

Anupama Kapse

Assistant Professor

PhD (Film Studies), University of California, Berkeley, 2009
MPhil (English), University of Delhi, 1995
BA Honors (English), University of Delhi, 1990



2009-present Queens College, CUNY (Assistant Professor of Film Studies)
2002-2009 University of California, Berkeley (Graduate Student Instructor and Researcher)
1992-2002 Gargi College, University of Delhi (Assistant Professor of English)


Research Interests

Professor Kapse's specializations include silent cinema, comparative historiography, theories of film, melodrama, spectatorship and star studies.

Her work examines "early" film within the expanded spatial and temporal framework of silent and early sound cinemas outside the United States, particularly those of India.  Her coedited volume Silent Cinema and the Politics of Space (Indiana UP, 2014, with Jennifer Bean and Laura Horak) engages with silent cinema's multiple dispersals and messy crossings—of origins, texts, locations, histories; even genres and genders. While the essays collected in this volume foreground the transnational ebb and flow of silent cinema across the world, her current book project Film as Body/Politic examines "early" cinema in India across the silent and sound periods (1913-1939).


Selected Publications

Film as Body/Politic: Indian Cinema, the Early Years (forthcoming).

Silent Cinema

Silent Cinema and the Politics of Space, with Jennifer Bean and Laura Horak (Indiana University Press, 2014).

"Around the World in Eighty Minutes: Douglas Fairbanks and the Indian Stunt Film" in Silent Cinema and the Politics of Space, pp. 210-234.

"Awara," "Pandora's Box, " and "Mother India" in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films, ed. Sabine Haenni, Sarah Barrow and John White (Routledge, 2014) pp.  58-61, 121-124, 356-359.

"Melodrama as Method" in Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media
Volume 54, Number 2, Fall 2013, pp. 146-151

"What Happened to Khadi? Dress and Costume in Bombay Cinema" in Figurations in Indian Film, ed. Meheli Sen and Anustup Basu (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013) pp. 44-66, rpt. New Delhi: Orient-Blackswan, 2014.


Grants and Fellowships

Prof. Kapse is the recipient of the CUNY Faculty Publication Program Fellowship for spring 2015. She was an Andrew Mellon Fellow, Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center in 2010. Her book Film as Body/Politic: Indian Cinema, the Early Years is supported by a grant from the PSC-CUNY research foundation.


Selected Talks

Female Acting and the Autobiography of the Self. March 27, 2015. Montreal, Canada. SCMS.

Vernacular Performance on Film. Barnard College. April 19, 2014.

Origins, Aesthetics, Discourse: Melodrama and Early Indian Cinema. Screen Melodramas: Global Perspectives. New York University and Columbia University, March 2, 2013.

Year of South Asia: Introductions to Nayakan and Devdas. "Clothing, Dress and Fashion in Indian Cinema." Queens College, CUNY. April 3, 17 and 14, 2013.

Song and Dance in the Indian Silent Film. Performing New Media. 1890-1915. University of Brighton, UK. June 18, 2012. DOMITOR.

What Happened to Khadi? Fashion and Female Stardom in Contemporary Indian Cinema. Yale Symposium on Fashion and Film, November 12, 2011.

Film as Madness: Phalke, Cinema and the Dream Factory. Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dec 2, 2012.

Snakes, Sirens and Vamps: A Short History of Early Indian Cinema. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival and Third Eye, San Francisco. July 24, 2009.



Silent Cinema (Graduate and Undergraduate)

Film Theory

Early Film Genres


Great Directors—Asia

National Cinema—India



Prof. Kapse serves on the program committee for the newly constituted Masters degree in Media Studies, as well as the Undergraduate Studies Committee. She has also served on the Queens College Academic Senate. She has reviewed manuscripts for Cinema Journal, South Asian Popular Culture and Lexington Press. She is on the Program Committee for The Melodrama Consortium.


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