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ARTS, BEAUX ARTS | Août 2020
African Diasporic Cinema: Aesthetics of Reconstruction
Daniela Ricci
Pays concerné : Afrique
Edition : Michigan State University Press
Pays d’édition : États-Unis
ISBN : 9781611863642
Prix : 49.00
Parution : 01 Août 2020
msupress.org/9781611863642/african-diasporic-cinema/

Français

African Diasporic Cinema: Aesthetics of Reconstruction analyzes the aesthetic strategies adopted by contemporary African diasporic filmmakers to express the reconstruction of identity. Having left the continent, these filmmakers see Africa as a site of representation and cultural circulation. The diasporic experience displaces the center and forges new syncretic identities. Through migratory movement, people become foreigners, Others-and in this instance, black. The African diasporic condition in the Western world is characterized by the intersection of various factors: being African and bearing the historical memory of the continent; belonging to a black minority in majority-white societies; and finally, having historically been the object of negative, stereotyped representation. As a result, quests for the self and self-reconstruction are frequent themes in the films of the African diaspora, and yet the filmmakers refuse to remain trapped in the confines of an assigned, rigid identity. Reflecting these complex circumstances, this book analyzes the contemporary diaspora through the prism of cultural hybridization and the processes of recomposing fragmented identities, out of which new identities emerge.

African Diasporic Cinema
978-1-61186-364-2 | paper | .95
326 pgs. | 6 x 9
Michigan State University Press

English

Using a critical ecofeminist lens, this volume addresses the increasingly important question of whether legal personhood is the best means to achieving total interspecies liberation.

« Daniela Ricci-one of a new wave of critics of African and diasporic films-brilliantly incorporates sociopolitical, psychological, and philosophical tools in her study of innovative aesthetics created by contemporary filmmakers of African descent. Ricci’s well-documented book, beautifully translated by Melissa Thackway, highlights personal journeys and diverse representations of global issues: migration, exile, biracialism, hybrid cultural identity, exclusion, alienation, and alterity. This is a must-read for researchers in film, African studies, and diaspora studies, as well as other areas of the humanities and social sciences. »

Françoise Pfaff, Professor Emerita, Department of World Languages and Cultures, Howard University

African Diasporic Cinema
978-1-61186-364-2 | paper | .95
326 pgs. | 6 x 9
Michigan State University Press
msupress.org/9781611863642/african-diasporic-cinema/


African Diasporic Cinema: Aesthetics of Reconstruction analyzes the aesthetic strategies adopted by contemporary African diasporic filmmakers to express the reconstruction of identity. Having left the continent, these filmmakers see Africa as a site of representation and cultural circulation. The diasporic experience displaces the center and forges new syncretic identities. Through migratory movement, people become foreigners, Others-and in this instance, black. The African diasporic condition in the Western world is characterized by the intersection of various factors: being African and bearing the historical memory of the continent; belonging to a black minority in majority-white societies; and finally, having historically been the object of negative, stereotyped representation. As a result, quests for the self and self-reconstruction are frequent themes in the films of the African diaspora, and yet the filmmakers refuse to remain trapped in the confines of an assigned, rigid identity. Reflecting these complex circumstances, this book analyzes the contemporary diaspora through the prism of cultural hybridization and the processes of recomposing fragmented identities, out of which new identities emerge.

THE AUTHOR
Daniela Ricci teaches film studies at Paris Nanterre University and the University of Paris 8 in France. She is part of the research laboratory Histoire des Arts et des Représentations and is a member of the African Federation of Film Critics, the African Studies Association, and the African Literature Association.

THE TRANSLATOR (from French to English)
Melissa Thackway is an independent researcher and translator. She lectures in African cinema at Sciences Po and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris.



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