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To: H-WEST-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU CC: H-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:58:38 -0500 X-Posted from H-NET List for African Literature and Cinema <H-AFRLITCINE@H-NET.MSU.EDU> From: Mark L Lilleleht <mllillel@WISC.EDU> _________ From: Ken Harrow <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 29 March 2013 Trash: African Cinema from Below By Kenneth W. Harrow Highlighting what is melodramatic, flashy, low, and gritty in the characters, images, and plots of African cinema, Kenneth W. Harrow uses trash as the unlikely metaphor to show how these films have depicted the globalized world. Rather than focusing on topics such as national liberation and postcolonialism, he employs the disruptive notion of trash to propose a destabilizing aesthetics of African cinema. Harrow argues that the spread of commodity capitalism has bred a culture of materiality and waste that now pervades African film. He posits that a view from below permits a way to understand the tropes of trash present in African cinematic imagery. 344 pp., 44 b&w illus. cloth 978-0-253-00744-5 paper 978-0-253-00751-3 ebook 978-0-253-00757-5 More information at: http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/product_info.php?isbn=978-0-253-00751-3