African Appropriations

African Appropriations : Cultural Difference, Mimesis, and Media

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Why would a Hollywood film become a Nigerian video remake, a Tanzanian comic book, or a Congolese music video? Matthias Krings explores the myriad ways Africans respond to the relentless onslaught of global culture. He seeks out places where they have adapted pervasive cultural forms to their own purposes as photo novels, comic books, songs, posters, and even scam letters. These African appropriations reveal the broad scope of cultural mediation that is characteristic of our hyperlinked age. Krings argues that there is no longer an "original" or "faithful copy," but only endless transformations that thrive in the fertile ground of African popular culture.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 20mm | 379.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 33 b&w illus.
  • 0253016290
  • 9780253016294

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The text is jargon free, a pleasure to read, remarkably well researched, and enriched by 40 illustrations. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice * African Appropriations is rich compendium of useful commentary on cultural and media forms that otherwise have received scattered treatment. It will certainly be a valuable resource for scholars and

an accessible and interesting text for classrooms. * African Studies Review * Not only does [Krings] straddle different societies . . . he also ranges across a host of differing cultural forms: spirit possession, music, graphic novels, film, posters, 419 letters, photo novels, and stickers, among others. The result is, and this should be stressed, a genuinely innovative book unlike most others in either anthropology or African studies. * American Ethnologist * Overall, African Appropriations is an engaging, readable, creative, and well-researched piece of scholarship. * H-Material-Culture *
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About Matthias Krings

Matthias Krings is Professor of Anthropology and African Popular Culture at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He is editor (with Onookome Okome) of Global Nollywood: The Transnational Dimensions of an African Video Film Industry (IUP, 2013).
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Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Major Wicked: Embodying Cultural Difference2. Lance Spearman: An African James Bond3. Black Titanic: Pirating the White Star Liner4. Vice and Videos: Kanywood under Duress5. Dar 2 Lagos: Nollywood in Tanzania6. Branding bin Laden: The Global "War on Terror" on a Local Stage7. Master and Mugu: Orientalist Mimicry and Cybercrime8. "Crazy White Men": Un/doing Difference in African Popular MusicCoda: Mimesis and Media in AfricaNotesReferencesFilmsIndex
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