Shifting Perceptions of Migration in Senegalese Literature, Film, and Social Media

Shifting Perceptions of Migration in Senegalese Literature, Film, and Social Media

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Shifting Perceptions of Migration in Senegalese Literature, Film, and Social Media takes a multimedia approach to examining representations of emigration from Senegal through the analysis of novels, films, hip-hop songs, and online videos in French and Wolof. Mahriana Rofheart demonstrates how Senegalese creative producers at home and abroad have formally and thematically confronted emigration from Senegal to Europe with texts that reconfigure Senegal's global position and destabilize France's position as a status-laden destination.
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  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739175122
  • 9780739175125

Table of contents

Preface Part I: Historical Contexts: Mid-Twentieth Century Senegal 1: Introduction: Beyond the Fou and the Failed Scholar 2: Between Text and Film: Emigration in the work of Ousmane Sembene and Djibril Diop Mambety Part II: Writing Elsewhere: Mobile Texts and Authors 3: Return as Rehabilitation: The Novels of Aminata Sow Fall and Ken Bugul 4: Fatou Diome's View from Afar in Le Ventre de l'Atlantique and Ketala Part III: Global Dialogues on Departure 5: Hip-Hop Galsen: Local and Global Approaches to Migration 6: Documentaries Here and There: The "Truth"about Life Abroad Conclusion Works Cited Index About the Author
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[This book] is an ambitious bid to document evolving patterns and perceptions of Senegalese-based migration across time and genre...It is both helpful and pleasing to see careful critical engagement with such details as the distinction between hip-hop and rap ... Indeed, Rofheart's determined and persuasive desire to carve out a space for these more contemporary platforms of expression is perhaps its most valuable contribution and is sure to prompt future scholarly directions. Research in African Literatures This examination of an impressive array of Senegalese films, videos, literature, and music provides for a discerning analysis of the complex relationship between diasporic and national communities, the articulation of local and national politics, and how in turn these conversations have been influenced by globalized migratory and technological networks. Ultimately, the observations and insights made in Shifting Perceptions of Migration in Senegalese Literature, Film, and Social Media serve to elucidate the complexity of the contemporary landscape of Senegalese politics and society. -- Dominic Thomas, Letessier Professor of French and francophone studies, UCLA, author of "Black France" and "Africa and France" While fully conversant with postcolonial theory and recent studies of Francophone African literature, Rofheart hews her own critical path, taking the reader along as she accompanies the Senegalese migrant of the past century from the Sahara to Dakar to Paris and finally into the transnational and inter-cultural beyond of YouTube and other social media. -- Richard Serrano, Rutgers University
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About Mahriana L. Rofheart

Mahriana Rofheart is a lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
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