Hollywood and Africa

Recycling the 'Dark Continent' Myth from 1908-2020
NISC (Pty) Ltd (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 5. März 2020
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 334 Seiten
978-1-920033-66-8 (ISBN)
Hollywood and Africa - recycling the 'Dark Continent' myth from 1908-2020 is a study of over a century of stereotypical Hollywood film productions about Africa. It argues that the myth of the Dark Continent continues to influence Western cultural productions about Africa as a cognitive-based system of knowledge, especially in history, literature and film.
Hollywood and Africa identifies the 'colonial mastertext' of the Dark Continent mythos by providing a historiographic genealogy and context for the term's development and consolidation. An array of literary and paraliterary film adaptation theories are employed to analyse the deep genetic strands of Hollywood-Africa film adaptations. The mutations of the Dark Continent mythos across time and space are then tracked through the classical, neoclassical and new wave Hollywood-Africa phases in order to illustrate how Hollywood productions about Africa recycle, revise, reframe, reinforce, transpose, interrogate - and even critique - these tropes of Darkest Africa while sustaining the colonial mastertext and rising cyberactivism against Hollywood's whitewashing of African history.
  • Englisch
  • Höhe: 244 mm
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  • Breite: 170 mm
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  • Dicke: 18 mm
  • 578 gr
978-1-920033-66-8 (9781920033668)
Okaka Opio Dokotum is an associate professor of literature and film and deputy vice-chancellor (Academic Affairs) at Lira University in Uganda. An eclectic multidisciplinary researcher, Dokotum has published extensively in the fields of literature-film adaptation theory, trauma cinema and aesthetics, performative poetics, music video aesthetics, visual history, heritage studies and Ugandan literature. He is a playwright, poet and filmmaker, and has adapted his play Wek Abonyo Kwani ['Let Abonyo Study'] (2003) into the first feature film in Lëblango/Lwo. Four of his plays and a poetry anthology in L¿blango are taught at secondary school and university levels in Uganda. He is a columnist for Rupiny, a Ugandan Lwo weekly, and serves on the jury of the Uganda Film Festival.

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