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Created at the crossroads of slavery, migration, and exile, and comprising a global population, the black diaspora is a diverse space of varied histories, experiences, and goals. Likewise, black diasporic film tends to focus on the complexities of transnational identity, which oscillates between similarity and difference and resists easy categorization. In Contact Zones author Sheila J. Petty addresses a range of filmmakers, theorists, and issues in black diasporic cinema, highlighting their ongoing influences on contemporary artistic and theoretical discourses. Petty examines both Anglophone and Francophone films and theorists, divided according to this volume’s three thematic sections—Slavery, Migration and Exile, and Beyond Borders. The feature films and documentaries considered—which include Sankofa, Daughters of the Dust, The Man by the Shore, and Rude, among others—represent a wide range of cultures and topics. Through close textual analysis that incorporates the work of well-known diasporic thinkers like W. E. B. DuBois, Aimé Césaire, and Frantz Fanon along with contemporary notables such as Molefi Kete Asante, bell hooks, Clenora Hudson-Weems, René Depestre, Paul Gilroy, and Rinaldo Walcott, Petty details the unique ways in which black diasporic films create meaning. By exploring a variety of African American, Caribbean, Black British, and African Canadian perspectives, Contact Zones provides a detailed survey of the diversity and vitality of black diasporic contributions to cinema and theory. This volume will be a welcome addition to the libraries of scholars and students of film studies and Africana studies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Africa and the Middle Passage: Recoupment of Origin in Sankofa
  2. pp. 16-51
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  1. 2. Collision of Cultures: Occulted Caribbean Histories in Sugar Cane Alley
  2. pp. 52-79
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  1. 3. Reclaiming Africa: Black Women’s Discourses in Daughters of the Dust
  2. pp. 80-103
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  1. 4. Disjunction from Self: The Politics of Arrival in Soleil O
  2. pp. 104-126
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  1. 5. Arrested Memory: The Problematics of Return in Testament
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  1. 6. Slippage and Mutable Histories in Deluge
  2. pp. 154-175
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  1. 7. Transnational Gazes in Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask
  2. pp. 176-195
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  1. 8. Locality, Memory, and Zombification in The Man by the Shore
  2. pp. 196-223
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  1. 9. Mapping New Boundaries: Discourses of Blackness in Rude
  2. pp. 224-258
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Back_Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814339909
Related ISBN
9780814330999
MARC Record
OCLC
849944386
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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