Critical Approaches to African Cinema Discourse

Critical Approaches to African Cinema Discourse

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This book emphasizes the plurality of African cinema through a variety of themes and critical approaches that illuminate the scope of the mobilizing techniques for its proliferation, as well as its deep concern for methods of production, film aesthetics, theory, and criticism. Critical Approaches to African Cinema Discourse will offer scholars and students in film, media, and cultural studies, as well as in history, and Black and African studies, a broader understanding of African cinema as a cultural art. The contributors show that it is informed not only by ideological determinants but also by the concern to boost perspectives for reading African film images that may or may not belong to the conventional interpretations proffered in Euro-American critical more

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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 26mm | 639.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739180932
  • 9780739180938
  • 1,770,045

About Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike

Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike teaches in the Department of Communication and the Program in African and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University. He is the author of Black African Cinema and Questioning African Cinema: Conversations with Filmmakers and the editor of IRIS: A Journal of Theory on Image and Sound (Special Issue on African Cinema).show more

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This anthology of important and provocative criticism by international authors is a welcome addition to African film studies. It offers an overview of Africa's past and present cinematic output and explores themes, styles, politics, and socioeconomic issues. This collection challenges dominant modes of representation and scholarship and defines new paradigms of African film aesthetics. With this publication, and his previous articles and books, N. Frank Ukadike confirms his status as a keen observer and knowledgeable theoretician of African filmmaking. -- Francoise Pfaff, Howard Universityshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: Proliferating African Film Discourses N. Frank Ukadike Part One: Critical Perspectives Chapter 1: Approaches to African Cinema Study: Defining Other Boundaries Martin Mhando Chapter 2: Theorizing African Cinema: Contemporary African Cinematic Discourse and its Discontents Esiaba Irobi Chapter 3: Tradition/Modernity and the Discourse of African Cinema Jude Akudinobi Part Two: History/Discourse and Intervention Chapter 4: Queering African Film Aesthetics: A Survey from 1950s to 2003 Martin P. Botha Chapter 5: African Cinemas and the Role of the State: The Cultural Imperialism Model Roy Armes Chapter 6: Transformation and South African Cinema in the 1990s Keyan G. Tomaselli and Arnold Shepperson Chapter 7: False Dawns Over the Kalahari? Botswana Cinema in Historical Perspective Neil Parsons Part Three: Pluralisms, Expressions, Traits: Reading the Text Chapter 8: Chahine's Cinematic Alexandria: Egyptian History and Cultural Identity Suzanne H. MacRae Chapter 9: Critical Dialogues: Transcultural Modernities and Modes of Narrating Africa in Documentary Films N. Frank Ukadike Chapter 10: Relational Constructs: Discourses of Gender in Taafe Fanga Sheila Petty Chapter 11: Reconsidering the Sembenian Project: Toward an Aesthetics of Change Aboubakar S. Sanogo Part Four: "Reel" Africanization Chapter 12: Video Booms and the Manifestations of "First" Cinema in Anglophone Africa N. Frank Ukadike Chapter 13: We Can't Wait for Oliver Stone: Interview with Eddie Ugbomah N. Frank Ukadikeshow more