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[ecrea] New publication: Ten Arab Filmmakers: Political Dissent and Social Critique

Tue May 19 00:40:28 GMT 2015

*Ten Arab Filmmakers***

*Political Dissent and Social Critique***

/Edited by Josef Gugler/

    "[A] welcome addition to the scholarship on Arab film.... [I]ncludes
a rich and well selected mix of important directors from across the
region [and offers] an authoritative and comprehensive accounting of
each director’s biography, his or her important works, and the
political, social, and cultural contexts in which she or he has worked.
Clearly written and accessible, /Ten Arab Filmmakers/ will be a welcome
addition to university courses on Arab cinema. It will inform students’
viewings of these filmmakers’ works and facilitate their understanding
of the contexts from which they emerged and in which they circulate."
—Nadia Yaqub, University of North Carolina

/Ten Arab Filmmakers/ provides an up-to-date overview of the best of
Arab cinema, offering studies of leading directors and in-depth analyses
of their most important films. The filmmakers profiled here represent
principal national cinemas of the Arab world — Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon,
Morocco, Palestine, and Syria. Although they have produced many of the
region’s most-renowned films and gained recognition at major
international festivals, with few exceptions these filmmakers have
received little critical attention. All ten share a concern with giving
image and voice to people struggling against authoritarian regimes,
patriarchal traditions, or religious fundamentalism—theirs is a cinéma

    The featured directors are Daoud Abd El-Sayed, Merzak Allouache,
Nabil Ayouch, Youssef Chahine, Mohamed Chouikh, Michel Khleifi, Nabil
Maleh, Yousry Nasrallah, Jocelyne Saab, and Elia Suleiman.

*   Josef Gugler *is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University
of Connecticut. He is the author of /African Film: Re-Imagining a
Continent/ (IUP, 2003) and editor of /Film in the Middle East and North
Africa: Creative Dissidence./

Indiana University Press

June 2015 272pp 40 b&w illus. 9780253016522 Paperback £20.99now only
£16.79when you quote *_CSL515FILM_* when you order

*New Voices in Arab Cinema***

/Roy Armes/

    "This overview of Arab filmmakers comes from an author with a proven
record of valuable and accessible publications." —Kevin Dwyer, American
University in Cairo

    "Roy Armes' scholarly productivity and original contributions to
film studies continue without pause. Serves as a corrective and
counter-reading of received views and stereotypic assumptions about the
Arab world." —Michael T. Martin, Indiana University Bloomington

/   New Voices in Arab Cinema/ focuses on contemporary filmmaking since
the 1980s, but also considers the longer history of Arab cinema. Taking
into consideration film from the Middle East and North Africa and giving
a special nod to films produced since the Arab Spring and the Syrian
crisis, Roy Armes explores themes such as modes of production, national
cinemas, the role of the state and private industry on film,
international developments in film, key filmmakers, and the validity of
current notions like globalization, migration and immigration, and
exile. This landmark book offers both a coherent, historical overview
and an in-depth critical analysis of Arab filmmaking.

*Roy Armes* is Professor Emeritus of Film at Middlesex University. He
has published widely on world cinema and is author of /Dictionary of
African Filmmakers/ (IUP, 2008).

Indiana University Press

January 2015 352pp 9780253015228 Paperback £23.99now only £19.19when you
quote *_CSL515FILM_* when you order.

*Unsettling India***

*Affect, Temporality, Transnationality***

/Purnima Mankekar/

    "In this stunning ethnographic rendition of India and its global
discontents, Purnima Mankekar unmoors static notions of nation,
intimacy, citizenship and belonging through an analysis of mass media
and public culture. She focuses on diverse spaces and texts, positioning
them amid the busy traffic of people, ideas, capital, and energies
within and outside India. She also proposes a trenchant and effective
methodological approach to the study of affect more broadly. Unsettling
India is a triumph."—Martin F. Manalansan IV, author of /Global Divas:
Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora/

    In /Unsettling India/, Purnima Mankekar offers a new understanding
of the affective and temporal dimensions of how India and “Indianness,”
as objects of knowledge production and mediation, circulate through
transnational public cultures. Based on over a decade of ethnographic
fieldwork in New Delhi and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mankekar tracks
the sense of unsettlement experienced by her informants in both places,
disrupting binary conceptions of homeland and diaspora, and the national
and transnational. She examines Bollywood films, Hindi TV shows,
advertisements, and such commodities as Indian groceries as
interconnected nodes in the circulation of transnational public cultures
that continually reconfigure affective connections to India and what it
means to be Indian, both within the country and outside. Drawing on
media and cultural studies, feminist anthropology, and Asian/Asian
American studies, this book deploys unsettlement as an analytic to trace
modes of belonging and not-belonging.

*   Purnima Mankekar* is Professor in the Departments of Gender Studies
and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
She is the author of /Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An
Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India/
and coeditor of /Media, Erotics, and Transnational Asia/, both also
published by Duke University Press.

Duke University Press Books

January 2015 320pp 19 illustrations 9780822358367 Paperback £18.99now
only £15.19when you quote *_CSL515FILM _*when you order.

*Nollywood Stars***

*Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora***

/Noah A. Tsika/

    "Tsika makes a convincing case that one cannot fully understand
Nollywood without a thorough and rigorous examination of its stars. He
offers a complex, powerful, detailed, and engaging consideration of the
actors' performances and films, addressing their many points of
intersection with technology, advertising, music, the corporate realm,
and various formations of cultural and economic imperialism." —Christina
Lane, University of Miami

    In this comprehensive study of Nollywood stardom around the world,
Noah A. Tsika explores how the industry’s top on-screen talents have
helped Nollywood to expand beyond West Africa and into the diaspora to
become one of the globe's most prolific and diverse media producers.
Carrying VHS tapes and DVDs onto airplanes and publicizing new methods
of film distribution, the stars are active agents in the global
circulation of Nollywood film. From Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde’s cameo role
on VH1’s popular series Hit the Floor to Oge Okoye’s startling
impersonation of Lady Gaga, this book follows Nollywood stars from Lagos
to London, Ouagadougou, Cannes, Paris, Porto-Novo, Sekondi-Takoradi,
Dakar, Accra, Atlanta, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles. Tsika tracks
their efforts to integrate into various entertainment cultures, but
never to the point of effacing their African roots.

*Noah A. Tsika* is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Queens
College, City University of New York.

Indiana University Press

April 2015 384pp 15 b&w illus. 9780253015754 Paperback £21.99now only
£17.59when you quote *_CSL515FILM_* when you order.

*New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa***

/Edited by Rosalind I. J. Hackett & Benjamin F. Soares/

/Foreword by Francis B. Nyamnjoh/

    "This collection considers Islam and Christianity, but also African
indigenous religions and will be extremely useful to scholars in media
studies, religious studies, and African studies, in sociology, political
science and anthropology among other disciplines." —Robert Launay,
Northwestern University

/New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa/ casts a critical
look at Africa's rapidly evolving religious media scene. Following
political liberalization, media deregulation, and the proliferation of
new media technologies, many African religious leaders and activists
have appropriated such media to strengthen and expand their communities
and gain public recognition. Media have also been used to marginalize
and restrict the activities of other groups, which has sometimes led to
tension, conflict, and even violence. Showing how media are rarely
neutral vehicles of expression, the contributors to this
multidisciplinary volume analyze the mutual imbrications of media and
religion during times of rapid technological and social change in
various places throughout Africa.

*Rosalind I. J. Hackett* is Professor of Religious Studies at the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is editor of /Displacing the
State: Religion and Conflict in Neoliberal Africa/. She is President of
the International Association for the History of Religions.

*Benjamin F. Soares* is an anthropologist and Chair of the research
staff at the Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, The Netherlands. He is
author of/Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a
Malian Town./

Indiana University Press

January 2015 332pp 9780253015242 Paperback £23.99now only £19.19when you
quote *_CSL515FILM_* when you order.

*David Lynch Swerves***

*Uncertainty from Lost Highway to Inland Empire***

/Martha P. Nochimson/

    “…the most disruptive work of Lynch criticism I’ve yet read. […
Nochimson] has no compunction about taking on the giants of Lynch
criticism [and] explodes the existing critical (near-)consensus on the
structures of /Lost Highway/ and Mulholland Dr., stating plainly, “These
characters are not dreaming. […] The richness of Nochimson’s writing,
the thoroughness of her interpretation, and her assured stance in
opposition to the canon of Lynch criticism to date all make /David Lynch
Swerves/ a must-read for anyone interested in the films of David Lynch.
Or, for that matter, the state of film criticism in American culture. If
criticism at its best is a form of revelation, then this is practically
a new gospel.”— /House of SpeakEasy/

    Beginning with /Lost Highway/, director David Lynch “swerved” in a
new direction, one in which very disorienting images of the physical
world take center stage in his films. Seeking to understand this unusual
emphasis in his work, noted Lynch scholar Martha Nochimson engaged Lynch
in a long conversation of unprecedented openness, during which he shared
his vision of the physical world as an uncertain place that masks
important universal realities. He described how he derives this vision
from the Holy Vedas of the Hindu religion, as well as from his layman’s
fascination with modern physics.

    With this deep insight, Nochimson forges a startlingly original
template for analyzing Lynch’s later films—the seemingly unlikely
combination of the spiritual landscape envisioned in the Holy Vedas and
the material landscape evoked by quantum mechanics and relativity. In
/David Lynch Swerves/, Nochimson navigates the complexities of /Lost
Highway/, /The Straight Story/, /Mulholland Drive/, and /Inland Empire/
with uncanny skill, shedding light on the beauty of their organic
compositions; their thematic critiques of the immense dangers of modern
materialism; and their hopeful conceptions of human potential. She
concludes with excerpts from the wide-ranging interview in which Lynch
discussed his vision with her, as well as an interview with Columbia
University physicist David Albert, who was one of Nochimson’s principal
tutors in the discipline of quantum physics.

University of Texas Press

May 2014 295pp 51 b&w photos 9780292762060 Paperback £16.99now only
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