Sembene
Title Details

256 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

10 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: James Currey

Sembene

Imagining Alternatives in Film and Fiction

by David Murphy

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This study of Sembene Ousmane gives an overview of his work in fiction and on screen.
Sembene is one of the major figures of African literature, and also one of Africa's foremost film directors. This is the first study to give an overview of his work in fiction and on screen.
This book examines Sembene Ousmane's radical reinterpretation of African history and culture, focusing on representations of the African city, animism, the role of women, colonialism and neo-colonialism. The author argues that Sembene 'imagines alternatives' to the dominant narratives of both Africa in general, and Senegal in particular.

North America: Africa World Press
"Murphy is industrious: he has amassed a huge bibliography, and he is lucid, balanced, and intelligent in handling his sources. ...Murphy has performed a useful service in drawing together a wide-ranging array of materials, much of which will be unfamiliarto Anglophone readers." Jonathan Haynes, AFRICAN AFFAIRS
"Any discussion of radical art and politics in francophone Africa in the contemporary period must, by necessity, consider the name of the Senegalese filmmaker and writer Sembene Ousmane. Yet, paradoxically, there has been no book-length study of his work in English, up until now. Fortunately then, David Murphy's lucid and well-researched account of Sembene's career now comes to fill this gap. Indeed, without conceding to the anglophone world (quotations are given in French and then translated in English), Murphy provides wide access to the Senegalese's work, through useful social and political contextualization, by providing illuminating and relevant analyses of both film and written work, and reproducing a recent interview with Sembene." Andy Stafford, FRENCH STUDIES
"Murphy's study is a major and most welcome contribution to the understanding of one of Africa's greatest contemporary artists and one which will be an unavoidable reference point for all future studies of his work." Peter Hawkins, AFRICAN LITERATURE TODAY

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9780852555552

January 2000

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Title Details

256 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

10 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: James Currey