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

Postcolonial African Cinema

From Political Engagement to Postmodernism


Published: 20th July 2007
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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.

"a welcome and important addition to the literatures on African cinema, and beyond that, on the praxis of cultural production in Africa and elsewhere." Akin Adesokan, Indiana University

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: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 20th July 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.04