Postcolonial Cinema Studies
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|Format: ||Hardback, 272 pages|
|Other Information: ||30 black & white halftones|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 21 October 2011|
This collection of essays foregrounds the work of filmmakers in theorizing and comparing postcolonial conditions, recasting debates in both cinema and postcolonial studies. Postcolonial cinema is presented, not as a rigid category, but as an optic through which to address questions of postcolonial historiography, geography, subjectivity, and epistemology. Current circumstances of migration and immigration, militarization, economic exploitation, racial and religious conflict, enactments of citizenship, and cultural self-representation have deep roots in colonial/postcolonial/neocolonial histories. Contributors deeply engage the tense asymmetries bequeathed to the contemporary world by the multiple,diverse, and overlapping histories of European, Soviet, U.S., and multi-national imperial ventures. With interdisciplinary expertise, they discover and explore the conceptual temporalities and spatialities of postcoloniality, with an emphasis on the politics of form, the 'postcolonial aesthetics' through which filmmakers challenge themselves and their viewers to move beyond national and imperial imaginaries. Contributors include: Jude G. Akudinobi, Kanika Batra, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Shohini Chaudhuri, Julie F. Codell, Sabine Doran, Hamish Ford, Claudia Hoffmann, Aniko Imre, Priya Jaikumar, Mariam B. Lam, Paulo de Medeiros, Sandra Ponzanesi, Richard Rice, Mireille Rosello and Marguerite Waller.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller Part I Cinemas of Empire Introduction to Part I, Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller 1. Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema: Kif Tebbi, the Conquest of Libya, and the Assault on the Nomadic, Ruth Ben-Ghiat 2. Blackface, Faciality, and Colony Nostalgia in 1930s Empire Films, Julie Codell 3. The Socialist Historical Film, Aniko Imre Part II Postcolonial Cinemas: Unframing Histories Introduction to Part II, Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller 4. From 'Over There' to Inside: Camp de Thiaroye, The Battle of Algiers and Hidden, Hamish Ford 5. Fraught Frames: Fatima, l'algerienne de Dakar and Postcolonial Quandaries, Jude Akudinobi 6. Postcolonial Relationalities: Toulon, Oran, Mecca, and Palestine: Philippe Faucon's Dans la vie, Mireille Rosello 7. The Postcolonial Condition of "Indochinese" Cinema from Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos, Mariam B. Lam Part III Postcolonial Cinemas: Aesthetics Introduction to Part III, Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller 8. Spectral Postcoloniality: Lusophone Postcolonial Film and the Imaginary of the Nation, Paulo de Medeiros 9. The Aesthetics of Postcolonial Cinema in Raul Ruiz's Three Crowns of the Sailor, Sabine Doran 10. The Postcolonial Circus: Maurizio Nichetti's Luna e l'altra, Marguerite Waller 11. Postcolonial Adaptations: Gained and Lost in Translation, Sandra Ponzanesi Part IV Postcolonial Cinemas and Globalization Introduction to Part IV, Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller 12. Unpeople: Postcolonial Reflections on Terror, Torture and Detention in Children of Men, Shohini Chaudhuri 13. Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding and the Transcoded Audiologic of Postcolonial Convergence, Kanika Batra and Richard Rice 14. Nollywood Films in Transit: The Globalization of Postcolonial African Cultural Productions, Claudia Hoffmann Postface: On Teaching Postcolonialism and Cinema, Interview with Priya Jaikumar conducted by Marguerite Waller
About the Author
Sandra Ponzanesi is Associate Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Critique, department of Media and Culture Studies/Gender Programme at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Among her publications are Paradoxes of Post-colonial Culture (2004), Migrant Cartographies (2005) and Deconstructing Europe: Postcolonial Perspectives (Routledge, 2011). Marguerite Waller is Professor of Women's Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Among her publications are Frontline Feminisms (Routledge, 2001), Federico Fellini (2002), Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization (2005), and The Wages of Empire (2007).
"Postcolonial Cinema Studies will be a major contribution to postcolonial research and cinematic scholarship and is on the "leading edge" of its field." Dr Imogen Tyler, Lancaster University, UK "Postcolonial Cinema Studies argues that current experiences of migration, economic exploitation, militarization, racial and religious conflicts, and tensions between citizens and non-citizens are haunted by colonial and neocolonial histories globally. Impressive in its scope and its attention to diverse cinematic dimensions, the book is an important intervention in cinema and postcolonial studies." Katarzyna Marciniak, Ohio University, USA "This book is a significant contribution to the study of postcolonial cinema and beyond. Global in scope yet thorough in its rigorous investigation of specific case studies of national, transnational and glocal cinemas, this book will probably be considered one of the definitive texts on postcolonial cinema for many years to come." Yosefa Loshitzky, University of East London, UK "Postcolonial Cinema Studies is an essential book that orchestrates an enriching dialogue between postcolonial studies and cinema studies, in ways that mutually illuminate both fields. Interdisciplinary and transnational, the volume goes beyond the usual Anglo-phone boundaries. Not only does it stretch the corpus of films to be studied, it also productively counterpoints theories, methodologies, and regions." Ella Shohat, New York University, USA and Robert Stam, Tisch School of the Arts, USA
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