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Postcolonial African Cinema : From Political Engagement to Postmodernism - Kenneth W. Harrow

Postcolonial African Cinema

From Political Engagement to Postmodernism

Paperback Published: 20th July 2007
ISBN: 9780253219145
Number Of Pages: 268

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Kenneth W. Harrow offers a new critical approach to African cinema -- one that requires that we revisit the beginnings of African filmmaking and the critical responses to which they gave rise, and that we ask what limitations they might have contained, what price was paid for the approaches then taken, and whether we are still caught in those limitations today.

Using iek, Badiou, and a range of Lacanian and postmodern-based approaches, Harrow attempts to redefine the possibilities of an African cinematic practice -- one in which fantasy and desire are placed within a more expansive reading of the political and the ideological. The major works of SembA]ne Ousmane, Djibril Diop MambA(c)ty, Souleymane Cisse, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Jean-Marie Teno, Bassak ba Kohbio, and Fanta Nacro are explored, while at the same time the project of current postmodern theory, especially that of Jameson, is called into question in order that an African postmodernist cultural enterprise might be envisioned.

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Every now and again a single book changes a discipline. Richard Harvey did this in geography; C. Wright Mills preceded him in sociology. And now Ken Harrow has done it for cinema studies. The short preface to Postcolonial African Cinema offers a subversive exhortation written in the style of manifestos issued by other Africanists on the nature, objectives, and identity of African cinema. Through a layered analysis, Harrow positions his study relative to his critics, to African essentialism, and to critical assumptions embedded in outworn conceptual frameworks, refining the counterargument initially developed in Less than One and Double (Heinemann, 2002).Volume 52.2, September 2009--Keyan A. Tomaselli "AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW "

Preface: Out with the Authentic, In with the Wazimamoto
Introduction: The Creation of a Cinema Engagé
Sembène'sXalathe Fetish and the Failed Trickster
Cameroonian Cinema: Ba Kobhio, Teno, and the Technologies of Power
From Jalopy to Goddess:Quartier Mozart, Faat KineandDivine Carcasse
Toward a Äi ekian Reading of African Cinema
Aristotle's Plot:What's Inside the Can?
Finye:The Fantasmic Support
Hyenas:Truth, Badiou'sEthicsand the Return of the Void
Toward a Postmodern African Cinema: Fanta Nacro's "Un Certain Matin" and Djibril Diop Mambéty'sParlons Grand-mère
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ISBN: 9780253219145
ISBN-10: 0253219140
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 20th July 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.77  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.43