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Le Blog sur les femmes africaines dans le cinéma est un espace pour l'échange d'informations concernant les réalisatrices, comédiennes, productrices, critiques et toutes professionnelles dans ce domaine. Ceci sert de forum public du Centre pour l'étude et la recherche des femmes africaines dans le cinémas.

18 October 2016

Female Narratives in Nollywood Melodramas by Elizabeth Johnson, Donald Culverson

Female Narratives in Nollywood Melodramas
by Elizabeth Johnson, Donald Culverson
Lexington Books, 2016

Female Narratives in Nollywood Melodramas addresses if this is a good or bad promoter of critical consciousness, as many of the films depict the stifling of women. The authors examine nine Nollywood melodramas through Black feminist, cultivation, audience reception, and social identity theories. Readers will gain an understanding of how Nollywood is a product and contributor to evolving processes of globalization. Recommended for scholars of film studies, communication, African studies, and women studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Promises and Challenges of Female Narratives in Nollywood Melodramas: A Sociocultural and Theoretical Exploration
by Dr. Emmanuel C. Alozie

Introduction: Overview of Nollywood Melodramas

                                     Alternative Frames for Viewing and Thinking about Nollywood Films

                                    The Women of Nollywood: Suffering and Agency

                                 Differential Access to Nollywood Films

                                    Female Directors and Producers of Nollywood Films


                                   Appendix A: Themes of Suffering Seen in the Films

                                 Appendix B: Themes of Agency Concluded in the Films

                                  Appendix C: Film Festivals

                                  Appendix D: Female Filmmakers



                                   About the Authors

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