Number of page: 416
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Category: Performing Arts
Nigeria’s Nollywood has rapidly grown into one of the world’s largest film industries, radically altering media environments across Africa and in the diaspora; it has also become one of African culture’s most powerful and consequential expressions, powerfully shaping how Africans see themselves and are seen by others. With this book, Jonathan Haynes provides an accessible and authoritative introduction to this vast industry and its film culture.
Haynes describes the major Nigerian film genres and how they relate to Nigerian society—its values, desires, anxieties, and social tensions—as the country and its movies have developed together over the turbulent past two decades. As he shows, Nollywood is a form of popular culture; it produces a flood of stories, repeating the ones that mean the most to its broad audience. He interprets these generic stories and the cast of mythic figures within them: the long-suffering wives, the business tricksters, the Bible-wielding pastors, the kings in their traditional regalia, the glamorous young professionals, the emigrants stranded in New York or London, and all the rest. Based on more than twenty years of research, Haynes’s survey of Nollywood’s history and genres is unprecedented in scope, while his book also vividly describes landmark films, leading directors, and the complex character of this major branch of world cinema.
The Humanist as Traveler: George Sandy’s Relation of a Journey Begun An. Dom. 1610
The first full length study of George Sandy s Relation one of the most interesting and important travel books of the English Renaissance
Screening Integration: Recasting Maghrebi Immigration in Contemporary France
North African immigrants once confined to France s social and cultural margins have become a strong presence in France s national life Similarly descendants of immigrants from Morocco Algeria and Tunisia have gained mainstream recognition as filmmakers and as the subject of films The first collective volume on this topic Screening Integration offers a sustained critical analysis of this cinema In particular contributors evaluate how Maghrebi films have come to participate in promote and at the same time critique France s integration In the process these essays reflect on the conditions that allowed for the burgeoning of this cinema in the first place as well as on the social changes the films delineate Screening Integration brings together established scholars in the fields of postcolonial Francophone and film studies to address the latest developments in this cinematic production These authors explore the emergence of various genres that recast the sometimes fossilized idea of ethnic difference Screening Integration provides a much needed reference for those interested in comprehending the complex shifts in twenty first century French cinema and in the multicultural social formations that have become an integral part of contemporary France in the new millennium
Berber Culture on the World Stage: From Village to Video
S ure to interest a number of different audiences from language and music scholars to specialists on North Africa a superb book clearly written analytically incisive about very important issues that have not been described elsewhere John Bowen Washington UniversityIn this nuanced study of the performance of cultural identity Jane E Goodman travels from contemporary Kabyle Berber communities in Algeria and France to the colonial archives identifying the products performances and media through which Berber identity has developed In the 1990s with a major Islamist insurgency underway in Algeria Berber cultural associations created performance forms that challenged Islamist premises while critiquing their own village practices Goodman describes the phenomenon of new Kabyle song a form of world music that transformed village songs for global audiences She follows new songs as they move from their producers to the copyright agency to the Parisian stage highlighting the networks of circulation and exchange through which Berbers have achieved global visibility
The Call of Conscience: French Protestant Responses to the Algerian War, 1954-1962
Initially when the government in Paris responded with force to the November 1 1954 insurrection of Algerian nationalists French public opinion offered all but unanimous support Then it was revealed that hundreds of thousands of Muslims were herded into resettlement camps in Algeria that Algerians suspected of nationalist sympathies were imprisoned in France that conscientious objectors were denied their rights and that a resolution to the conflict either by force or by peaceful methods was not forthcoming When it was proven that the army was guilty of abuses members of the Protestant minority protested and then laboured to educate their own communities as well as the public at large to the moral and spiritual perils of these actions Based on painstaking research and solid scholarship The Call of Conscience French Protestant Responses to the Algeria War 1954 1962 reveals a rich portrait of the protest