Anustup Basu is a Professor in English, Media and Cinema Studies, and Criticism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Hindutva as Political Monotheism (Duke University Press, 2020), Bollywood in the Age of New Media: The Geotelevisual Aesthetic (Edinburgh, 2010) and the co-editor of the volumes InterMedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen (Routledge, 2012) and Figurations in Indian Film (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013). His essays on film, media, culture, philosophy, and politics have appeared in journals like boundary 2, Semiotic Inquiry, Journal of Human Rights, Postscript, South Asian History and Culture, PostModern Culture, and Critical Quarterly. As a film producer, he made the Bengali feature Herbert (2005) which won the Indian National Award for the Best Regional Film. He has worked as a screenwriter for film and television, having recently co-written the upcoming Hindi feature film Nazarbandh (2019) which is official entry at the 2020 Busan Film Festival.
Film and Media, the political philosophy of information, postcolonial theory, digital cultures, science and technology.
Basu is currently working on two book projects:
Nehruvian Cinema: Bombay and Bengal (1955-1962) (tentative title): This is a wide ranging theoretical study on the themes of Nationhood, Modernity, and Memory in Hindi and Bengali films made between 1955 and 1962.
The Phenomenology of Information: Film Theory in the Age of Digital and New Media (tentative title): A monograph on the philosophical dimensions of our digital information environment and its relations with war, consensus, and political liberalism
Awards and Honors
Criticism and Interpretive Theory Senior Research Fellow (2018-2020), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor, Media and Cinema Studies
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Professor, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Basu, A. (2020). Hindutva as Political Monotheism. Duke University Press. https://doi.org/10.1215/9781478012498
Basu, A. (2010). Bollywood in the Age of New Media: The Geo-televisual Aesthetic. Edinburgh University Press. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3366/j.ctt1r2brj
Basu, A. (2021). Hindutva 2.0 as information ecology. In I. Keul (Ed.), Spaces of Religion in Urban South Asia (Routledge South Asian Religion Series). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003106067-13
Basu, A. (2021). The Popular. BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies, 12(1-2), 144-147. https://doi.org/10.1177/09749276211026158
Basu, A. (2020). Counter-History, Counter-Memory and the Harami: The Fictional World of Kangal Malshat. In S. Bhattacharya, A. Chattopadhyay, & S. Sengupta (Eds.), Nabarun Bhattacharya: Aesthetics and Politics in a World aft er Ethics (pp. 132-147). Bloomsbury Publishing. https://doi.org/10.5040/9789389812473.ch021
Basu, A. (2020). Dharmendra Singh Deol: Masculinity and the Late-Nehruvian Hero in Hindi Cinema. In M. Lawrence (Ed.), Indian Film Stars: New Critical Perspectives British Film Institute.
Basu, A. (2020). Filmfare, the Bombay industry, and internationalism (1952–1962). In M. Mehta, & M. Mukherjee (Eds.), Industrial Networks and Cinemas of India: Shooting Stars, Shifting Geographies and Multiplying Media Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429326028-12