Dr. Deshpande’s Book Takes a Critical Look at World Cinema

By Caitlin Burns | April 12, 2018

Dr. Shekhar Deshpande’s first book, World Cinema: A Critical Introduction, explores the depth and complexity of global film and serves as blueprint to transform casual encounters with film into systemic inquiries of world cinema.

Co-authored with Meta Mazaj ’97, cinema studies lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, World Cinema is a comprehensive guide to film industries around the world. The book, which was written over the course of six years, provides direction to scholars and students studying films from the 1980s and beyond, when cinema became more globalized.

“We tend to ignore that there are brilliant filmmakers around the world,” said Dr. Deshpande, professor of Media and Communication. “Hollywood dominates the film world, but there’s a bigger world outside of Hollywood. For these reasons, we hope the book will be used in classrooms in the English-speaking world.”

In the past, Dr. Deshpande has published in Senses of Cinema #53 and Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier, among others.