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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 engagé.
   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 £20.99 now only £16.79 when 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 £23.99 now only £19.19 when 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 £18.99 now only £15.19 when 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 £21.99 now only £17.59 when 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 £23.99 now only £19.19 when 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 £16.99 now only £13.59 when you quote CSL515FILM when you order.

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