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Auteuring Nollywood

Critical Perspectives on The Figurine

edited by Adeshina Afolayan

Beginning from an auteur standpoint, this book interrogates extant cinematic re-presentation of African and Nigerian postcolonial realities in Nollywood. It makes a case, using Kunle Afolayan's The Figurine, for a critical space-clearing gesture around the notion of a neo-Nollywood, which transcends the formulaic cinematic re-presentation of African and Nigerian realities to embrace a visionary and philosophic rearticualtion of the role of film-making, and of Nollywood, in the Nigerian imagination. The Idea of neo-Nollywood, and a visionary director, therefore stands at the core of a cinematic production process that challenges, disturbs and stimulates perceptions of current and future African identities.

ISBN 9789780698287 | 480 pages | 229 x 152mm | 2014 | University Press, Nigeria, Nigeria | Paperback



"With this volume a considerable volume of Nigerian scholars and Nollywood specialists have come together. The result is probably as unique in African cinema studies as the film itself… It presages a new, positive development in Global South cinema studies where the great interest of the public in popular cinemas will have spawned an important body of scholarship."

Kenneth Harrow, Michigan State University, Author of Postcolonial African Cinema

"This book is seminal in its inauguration of a new chapter in the study of Nigeria’s phenomenal contribution to global film culture… it makes a strong case for a more in-depth artistic and critical approach to the study of Nollywood that triangulates around orality, Third Cinema. and auteur theoretical perspective."

Nduka Otiono, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa



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