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Cinema and Development in West Africa
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Cinema and Development in West Africa shows how the film industry in Francophone West African countries played an important role in executing strategies of nation building during the transition from French rule to the early postcolonial period. James E. Genova sees the construction of African identities and economic development as the major themes in the political literature and cultural production of the time. Focusing on film both as industry and aesthetic genre, he demonstrates its unique place in economic development and provides a comprehensive history of filmmaking in the region during the transition from colonies to sovereign states.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Cinema as Art and Industry
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1. The Cinema Industrial Complex in French West Africa to the 1950s
  2. pp. 20-44
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  1. 2. The Colonialist Regime of Representation, 1945ā€“60
  2. pp. 45-69
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  1. 3. West African Anticolonial Film Politics, 1950sā€“60s
  2. pp. 70-96
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  1. 4. The Postcolonial African Regime of Representation
  2. pp. 97-127
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  1. 5. The West African Cinema Industrial Complex, 1960sā€“70s
  2. pp. 128-157
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  1. Postscript: Francophone West African Cinema to the Present
  2. pp. 158-164
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-182
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 183-192
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 193-206
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 207-222
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