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date: 25 January 2022

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This article looks at a new conception of urban space, pivotal to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Indian literatures and the emergent political culture of Indian nationalism, inscribed into the figure of the modern woman in a wide variety of Hindi films of the 1920s and the 1930s. It argues that the trope of the modern woman offers a phantasmic vision of urban identity in a transitional society—a vision which brought together the desire for modernity and fears about the price of modernization.

Keywords: urban space, Indian nationalism, modern woman, 1930s Hindi films, transitional society

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