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Trash: African Cinema from Below Hardcover – Apr 9 2013

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"Trash inspires a rigorous questioning of how we think about 'Africa from below' in our scholarly research: it is a speculative, probing, provocative book filled with questions about power, exclusion, representation, and subjectivity, and about how African cinema engages social realities without necessarily serving up palatable dishes of realism or political critique." ―Journal of African History

"Harrow’s engaging book offers readers a glimpse into the trash heaps... squalor, and poverty that have often been depicted in African cinema since independence, but which have rarely been the object of critical study." ―African Studies Review

"Reading these films in this manner becomes a metaphor of how one must understand African nations in a global context.... highly original and deeply historicized." ―Frieda Ekotto, University of Michigan

"This book is a work of erudition, understanding, engagement, and enthusiastic committment to African cinema studies and literature.... Highly recommended." ―Choice

About the Author

Kenneth W. Harrow is Distinguished Professor of English at Michigan State University. He is author of Postcolonial African Cinema: From Political Engagement to Postmodernism (IUP, 2007).

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