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Ethics and aesthetics in contemporary African cinema : the politics of beauty

Author: James S Williams
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2019. ©2019
Series: World Cinema Ser.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Since the beginnings of African cinema, the realm of beauty on screen has been treated with suspicion by directors and critics alike. James S. Williams explores an exciting new generation of African directors, including Abderrahmane Sissako, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Fanta Régina Nacro, Alain Gomis, Newton I. Aduaka, Jean-Pierre Bekolo and Mati Diop, who have begun to reassess and embrace the concept of cinematic  Read more...
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Williams, James S.
Ethics and Aesthetics in Contemporary African Cinema : The Politics of Beauty.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James S Williams
ISBN: 9781350105058 1350105058 9781350105065 1350105066
OCLC Number: 1088318897
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 363 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of illustration credits; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1 The trouble with beauty: Reimagining African film aesthetics; Chapter 2 On the front line: In/visible violence, formations of style and aesthetic resistance; Chapter 3 Screening Dakar: Locating beauty in the afropolis; Chapter 4 Voice, language, mystery: From ideological struggle to aesthetic shudder; Chapter 5 Queering the Baobab: Male intimacy, the erotics of abstraction and the right to beauty Chapter 6 On the border, becoming world: Migrant beauty, migratory narratives and the transmigration of cinematic formChapter 7 The afropolitan present; Notes; Bibliography; Filmography; Index
Series Title: World Cinema Ser.
Responsibility: James S. Williams.

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"Since the beginnings of African cinema, the realm of beauty on screen has been treated with suspicion by directors and critics alike. James S. Williams explores an exciting new generation of African directors, including Abderrahmane Sissako, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Fanta Régina Nacro, Alain Gomis, Newton I. Aduaka, Jean-Pierre Bekolo and Mati Diop, who have begun to reassess and embrace the concept of cinematic beauty by not reducing it to ideological critique or the old ideals of pan-Africanism. Locating the aesthetic within a range of critical fields - the rupturing of narrative spectacle and violence by montage, the archives of the everyday in the "afropolis", the plurivocal mysteries of sound and language, male intimacy and desire, the borderzones of migration and transcultural drift - this study reveals the possibility for new, non-conceptual kinds of beauty in African cinema: abstract, material, migrant, erotic, convulsive, queer. Through close readings of key works such as Life on Earth (1998), The Night of Truth (2004), Bamako (2006), Daratt (Dry Season) (2006), A Screaming Man (2010), Tey (Today) (2012), The Pirogue (2012), Mille soleils (2013) and Timbuktu (2014), Williams argues that contemporary African filmmakers are proposing propitious, ethical forms of relationality and intersubjectivity. These stimulate new modes of cultural resistance and transformation that serve to redefine the transnational and the cosmopolitan as well as the very notion of the political in postcolonial art cinema."--

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