Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Anustup Basu

Associate Professor of English and Media and Cinema Studies

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PhD (English and Film Studies) University of Pittsburgh, 2005


Graduate: "The Phenomenology of Information" (2006), "Theories of Cinema" (2010. , Select Undergraduate Courses: Postcolonial Fiction and Film (2006), The Global Western (2007), Survey of World Cinema: Sound Era (2008), Critical Approaches to Literature (2009-10).

Research Interests

Film/Visual Culture, Post-Colonial, Science, Technology, and Digital Media, Theory & Criticism.

Selected Publications


  • Figurations in Indian Film. London: Orient Blackswan, 2014.
  • Bollywood in the Age of New Media: The Geo-televisual Aesthetic. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.

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Book Contributions

  • "The Music of Intolerable Love: Political Conjugality and Dil Se ." Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Dance. Ed. Sangita Gopal. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. 153-178.

Journal Articles

  • "The Eternal Return and Overcoming ‘Cape Fear’: Science, Sensation, Superman, and Hindu Nationalism in Recent Hindi Cinema." South Asian History and Culture 2 .4 (2011): 557-571.
  • "The 'Indian' Monotheism." boundary 2 39.2 (2012): 111-141.
  • "Encounters in the City: Cops, Criminals, and Human Rights in Hindi Film." Journal of Human Rights 9.II (2010): 175-190.
  • "Hindutva and Informatic Modernization." boundary 2 35.3 (2008): 239-50.
  • "Mantras of the Metropole: Digital Inscription and Mythic Curvatures of Profane Time." Postscript 25.3 (2006): 65-78.
  • "Nayak O Yug Badoler Kabyo: Bharatiyo Challochitro O Bishwayan [Bengali – “Nayak and the Epic of Changing Times: Indian Cinema and Globalization”] ." Ababhaas 5.3 (2005): 216-33.
  • "Bombs and Bytes: Sovereign Power and Global Information Flows." Mute 27.1 (2004): 64-71.
  • "The Human and His Spectacular Autumn, or, Informatics After Philosophy." PostModern Culture 14.3 (2004): 24 Oct. 2004. <>.
  • "State of Security and Warfare of Demons." Critical Quarterly 45.1-2 (2003): 11-32.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • Basu, Anustup, Rajinder Dudrah, Sangita Gopal, and Amit Rai. New Media Ecologies. Spec. iss. of South Asian Popular Culture 8.II (2010):


  • Rev. of Apu and After: Re-Visiting Ray’s Cinema by Moinak Biswas. Guild’s Quarterly 12.5 (2007): 58-65.
  • "McMilitarism to Go." Rev. of Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War, by Retort (Iain Boal, T. J. Clark, Joseph Matthews & Michael Watts).Mute (2006): 17 Apr. 2006. <>.
  • Rev. of Marxism, Modernity and Postcolonial Studies, ed. Crystal Bartolovich. Review of Radical Political Economics 37.2 (2005): 240-243.

Works in Progress

  • “The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships: Helen and the Geo-televisual Aesthetic of Hindi Film.” Journal article in progress.
  • The Phenomenology of Information. Book Manuscript in progress, 2011.