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date: 18 October 2019

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This chapter examines three scenes of “movement”—from the 2004 Tamil film Chandramukhi, the controversial documentary India’s Daughter that aired on BBC in March 2015, and the Star Plus Television serial of the Mahabharata focusing on the “Draupadi Vastra Haran” in 2014—to question how women’s bodies continue to be domesticated to delegitimize the upwardly mobile woman’s desire for remaking herself. The chapter suggests that neoliberalism has specific choreographies of violence perpetrated against women’s bodies. In particular, the author argues that within the choreographies of neoliberalism, neither public nor private space is safe for women in India. The chapter suggests that where women’s erotic dancing has been domesticated by institutionalized patriarchy in the service of capitalist systems, haunting and possession emerge as movement possibilities of the corporeal/incorporeal body that can negotiate the public/private space of a permeating neoliberal order.

Keywords: neoliberalism, India, choreography, Chandramukhi, India’s Daughter, patriarchy

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