South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Lalitha Gopalan

Associate ProfessorPhD, University of Rochester



film theory, feminist film theory, contemporary world cinemas, indian cinema, genre films, experimental film and video


Lalitha Gopalan is an associate professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and affiliate faculty in the Department of Asian Studies and South Asia Institute. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of Film Theory, Feminist Film Theory, Contemporary World Cinemas, Indian Cinema, Genre Films, and Experimental Film and Video.  Her current book project explores various experimental film and video practices in India. She is the author of Cinema of Interruptions: Action Genres in Contemporary Indian Cinema (London: BFI Publishing, 2002) and Bombay (London: BFI Modern Classics, 2005), and editor of Cinema of India (London: Wallflower Press, 2010).

Among the various grants and fellowships received include three recent grants towards the current book project on experimental film and video practices: Tagore Fellowship, Ministry of Culture, Government of India (2013); Senior Long Term Research Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies (2013-14); Fulbright Hays-Nehru Research Fellowship (2014).

She received a B.A. (Economics) from Madras Christian College, M.A. (Sociology) from Delhi School of Economics, and M.A. (Anthropology) and Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) from University of Rochester. Prior to her arrival at UT Austin in Fall 2007, she taught at Georgetown University for fourteen years.

Lalitha currently serves on the editorial boards of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies and Film Quarterly.  She has served on several film festival juries and is currently on the advisory board of 3rd I Film Festival, San Francisco. 


ANS 372 • Chinese Auteurs-W

31753 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM CMA A3.112

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ANS 372 • Asian Horror Film-W

31503 • Fall 2011
Meets MW 3:00PM-4:30PM CMA A3.112

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ANS 372 • Asian Horror Film-W

30985 • Spring 2010
Meets MW 11:00AM-12:30PM RAS 215

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ANS 372 • Chinese Auteurs-W

30990 • Spring 2010
Meets MW 2:00PM-3:30PM NOA 1.110

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WGS 393 • Women Behind The Camera

48975 • Fall 2008
Meets W 11:00AM-2:00PM CBA 4.346

Interdisciplinary topics relating to Women's and Gender Studies.  Seats restricted to WGS MA and Portfolio students during early registration.  Check cross-listings for home departments and originating field of study.

ANS 372 • Asian Horror Film-W

31190 • Spring 2008
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 2.112

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ANS 390 • Asian Horror Film

31300 • Spring 2008
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM NOA 1.110

Study of various Asian studies-related topics that do not focus on any single geographic region.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

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