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Analyzing a range of South African and West African films inspired by African and non-African literature, Lindiwe Dovey identifies a specific trend in contemporary African filmmaking-one in which filmmakers are using the embodied audiovisual medium of film to offer a critique of physical and psychological violence.
Against a detailed history of the medium's savage introduction and exploitation by colonial powers in two very different African contexts, Dovey examines the complex ways in which African filmmakers are preserving, mediating, and critiquing their own cultures while seeking a united vision of the future.
While an attack on the “Neo-Africanist” critic Jahnheinz Jahn has been cut, as having outlived its usefulness, there are only two significant additions: a section on Sam Selvon’s , which appears to have been written not much later, as it speaks of “twenty-five years after the death of the West Indian Federation” (which ended in 1962) as if it were the present.
In other words, even in the 2004 edition of poses problems.
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), and the pioneering importance of the work can scarcely be overstated.
While there are those who would quarrel with Ramchand’s exposition of Caribbean linguistics, the concept of a West Indian literature, to which this book made a major contribution, has been an important and enduring one, and this literature has become a subject of academic study in many places outside the region.However, there are other ways in which now seems more than a little old-fashioned. What was described as a “revised and updated edition” appeared in 1983, though the preface to that edition stated that “the 1970 text has not been interfered with, neither has the original arrangement been altered” — the only significant change would appear to have been updating the author and annual bibliographies.The 2004 edition offers only minor changes to the original text.From Black and White to "Coloured": Racial Identity in 1950s and 1990s South Africa in Two Versions of A Walk in the Night5.Audio-visualizing "Invisible" Violence: Remaking and Reinventing Cry, the Beloved Country6. Losing the Plot, Restoring the Lost Chapter: Aristotle in Cameroon8.