Trash : African Cinema from Below

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Highlighting what is melodramatic, flashy, low, and gritty in the characters, images, and plots of African cinema, Kenneth W. Harrow uses trash as the unlikely metaphor to show how these films have depicted the globalized world. Rather than focusing on topics such as national liberation and post-colonialism, he employs the disruptive notion of trash to propose a destabilizing aesthetics of African cinema. Harrow argues that the spread of commodity capitalism has bred a culture of materiality and waste that now pervades African film. He posits that a view from below permits a way to understand the tropes of trash present in African cinematic more

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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 589.67g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253007445
  • 9780253007445

About Kenneth W. Harrow

Kenneth W. Harrow is Distinguished Professor of English at Michigan State University. He is author of Postcolonial African Cinema: From Political Engagement to Postmodernism (IUP, 2007).show more

Review quote

"Reading these films in this manner becomes a metaphor of how one must understand African nations in a global context... highly original and deeply historicized." Frieda Ekotto, University of Michiganshow more

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements; Introduction 1. Bataille, Stam, and Locations of Trash; 2. Ranciere: Aesthetics, Its Mesententes and Discontents; 3. The Out of Place Scene of Trash; 4. Globalization's Dumping Ground, The Case of Trafigura; 5. Agency and the Mosquito: Mitchell and Chakrabarty; 6. Trashy Women: Karmen Gei, l'Oiseau Rebelle; 7. Trashy Women, Fallen Men: Fanta Nacro's "Puk Nini" and La Nuit de la verite; 8. Nollywood and Its Masks. Fela, Osuofia in London and Butler's Assujetissement; 9. Abderrahmane Sissako's Bamako and the Image: Trash in Its Materiality; 10. The Counter-Archive for a New Postcolonial Order: O Heroi and Daratt; 11.Nollywood and Its Masks. Fela, Osuofia in London and Butler's Assujetissement; 12. Trash's Last Leaves: Nollywood, Nollywood, Nollywood Notes; Bibliography; Filmography; Indexshow more