Trash Trash

Trash Trash : African Cinema from Below 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 postcolonialism, 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 imagery.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 344 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253007577
  • 9780253007575

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 Michigan--Frieda Ekotto, University of Michiganshow more

About Professor 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