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What Would Danbury Do? (aka Bridgerton Pod) is a podcast centred on the Julia Quinn series, and the 2020 adaptation on Netflix.
In this bonus episode Kate interviews Dr Javaria Farooqui, an assistant professor at COMSATS University, Lahore. She recently wrote an article about the nuanced reception of the television series Bridgerton. In this episode, we talk about what British Imperialism is, and how the history of Britain in South Asia affects the second season of Bridgerton.
Please note: this discussion contains discussions of colonisation practices, racism, and colonial violence.
The East India Company
All the British Feels
Money, mannerisms and marrying down
Shit-tolerance (on TV and in life)
Representation vs accuracy
A start (though not an end)
Books and other Media We Discuss:
Bridgerton, the TV show
For many Pakistani Bridgerton fans looking for an escape, a brown Kate Sharma isn’t what they signed up for, an article by Dr Javaria Farooqui
Minute on Indian Education, Lord Thomas Babington Macauley
Javaria’s list of popular South Asian romance series:
“Dobara” [trans. “Again”]
“Dil Lagi” [trans. “Delusion”]
“Mere Hamsafar” [trans. “My Companion]
“Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi” [trans. “Your Self-Love”] CW: Javaria notes that this series is ongoing and does not yet have a guarantee of a happy ending. Further, it features examples of harassment from the male lead character
“Koi Chaand Rakh” [trans. “Give Me Some Moon”]
“Prem Gali” [trans. “Love Alley”]
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This episode was recorded on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people and edited by Rudi Bremer on Gadigal country.
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