Bibliographic Details

Postnationalist African cinemas / Alexie Tcheuyap.

Author / Creator Tcheuyap, Alexie.
Edition 1st ed.
Imprint Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed in the United States exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Description xii, 269 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Language English
Subject Motion pictures -- Africa.
Nationalism -- Africa.
Nationalism in motion pictures.
Nationalism in motion pictures
Motion pictures.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record
ISBN 9780719083358
9780719083365 (pbk.)
0719083362 (pbk.)
Notes Filmography: p. 255-258.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [240]-255) and index.
Summary Postnationalist African Cinemas convincingly interrogates the ways in which African narratives locate postcolonial identities and forms beyond essentially nationalist frameworks. It investigates how the emergence of new genres, discourses and representations, all unrelated to an overtly nationalist project, influences the formal choices made by contemporary directors. By foregrounding the narrative, generic, discursive, representational and aesthetic structures of films, this book shows how directors are beginning to regard film as a popular form of entertainment rather than political praxis. (Barnes & Noble)
Table of Contents:
  • List of images
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: African cinema, nationalism and its discontents
  • i. African cinema and national(ist) constructions
  • ii. Wealth and poverty of nationalist scholarship
  • iii. Postnational(ist) imaginary and new paradigms
  • 1. Comedy and film
  • i. Comedic archetypes
  • ii. Verbal and visual comedy
  • 2. Choreographing subjects
  • i. Dance on stage
  • ii. Dance, syntax, and discourse
  • 3. Crimes, society and the âÇ£commandementâÇ 
  • i. Africa and theories of (impossible) crime fiction
  • ii. Absent investigation and the triumph of the commandement
  • iii. Flawed investigations and the decline of the commandement
  • 4. Myth, tragedy, and cinema
  • i. On African cultural âÇ£specificityâÇ  and tragic forms
  • ii. Oedipal conflicts, enemy brothers, and families in crisis
  • iii. Absolutism, oracles and the tragic
  • 5. Epic constructions
  • i. Narrative performance
  • ii. Epic magnification
  • 6. (Un)masked sexuality
  • i. African sexuality as category of analysis
  • ii. Sex in the nation and the trouble with representation
  • iii. Framing bodies and the temptation of pornography
  • Witchcraft and the postcolonial
  • i. From sorcery imaginary to the imaginary sorcerer
  • ii. Occult side of power, power of the occult
  • Conclusion: What is African cinema (today)?
  • Bibliography and filmography