Ousmane Sembene

Ousmane Sembene : The Making of a Militant Artist

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Samba Gadjigo presents a unique personal portrait and intellectual history of novelist and filmmaker Ousmane Sembene. Though Sembene has persistently deflected attention away from his personality, his life, and his past, Gadjigo has had unprecedented access to the artist and his family. This book is the first comprehensive biography of Sembene and contributes a critical appraisal of his life and art in the context of the political and social influences on his work. Beginning with Sembene's life in Casamance, Senegal, and ending with his militant career as a dockworker in Marseilles, Gadjigo places Sembene into the context of African colonial and postcolonial culture and charts his achievements in film and literature. This landmark book reveals the inner workings of one of Africa's most distinguished and controversial figures.show more

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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 5 b&w illus.
  • 025322151X
  • 9780253221513
  • 1,487,922

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Very well documented, this biography is of critical importance and unquestionable value to students, teachers, and researchers of African literature and cinema. September 2, 2011 * African Affairs Advance Access * Gadjigo's admiration of Sembene along with the intellectual earnestness with which he has documented the life of one of Africa's most gifted artists yields a fine and welcome first biography of a formidable man. Vol. 42.2, Summer 2011 * Research in African Literatures * [T]his narrative that reconstitutes the world that shaped one of the greatest African artists is a significant contribution to the fields of African, Film, and Francophone Studies. * French Review * This is the first biography of one of the most important African writers and filmmakers . . . an enjoyable read. . . . Recommended. * Choice * Samba Gadjigo has undertaken a very important task, that of writing the first biography of one of the best-known and most influential African writers-and the founder of the continent's cinema-Ousmane Sembene. -- Christopher L. Miller * author of The French Atlantic Triangle *show more

About Samba Gadjigo

Samba Gadjigo is Professor of French and African literature at Mount Holyoke College. He is author of Ecole blanche, Afrique noire: L'image de l'ecole coloniale dans le roman africaine francophone and editor of Ousmane Sembene: Dialogue with Critics and Writers. He has directed a documentary on Sembene's film, Moolaade.show more

Table of contents

ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart 1. On the Banks of a Mighty River: Ousmane Sembene's Childhood 1. Casamance 2. At the Crossroads of Cultures 3. Youth and Its Discontents 4. Colonial ViolencePart 2. Dakar: The Turbulent Years 5. The Lebu Ghettos of Dakar Plateau 6. The World of Labor 7. The Experience of Racism 8. "Here We Come, Marshal!"Part 3. Dakar in the Postwar Period 9. The Winds of Change 10. The Moment of TruthPart 4. The Making of a Militant-Artist 11. "The Village" 12. The Docker 13. The Militant 14. The Fire-GiverConclusionBiographical LandmarksNotesIndexshow more

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