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African Video Movies and Global Desires: A Ghanaian History
by Carmela Garritano
Ohio University Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-0-89680-484-5 | Paper: 978-0-89680-286-5
Library of Congress Classification PN1992.934.G48G37 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 384.809667

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

2015 African Literature Association First Book Award
2013 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

African Video Movies and Global Desires is the first full-length scholarly study of Ghana’s commercial video industry, an industry that has produced thousands of movies over the last twenty years and has grown into an influential source of cultural production. Produced and consumed under circumstances of dire shortage and scarcity, African video movies narrate the desires and anxieties created by Africa’s incorporation into the global cultural economy.

Drawing on archival and ethnographic research conducted in Ghana over a ten-year period, as well as close readings of a number of individual movies, this book brings the insights of historical context as well as literary and film analysis to bear on a range of movies and the industry as a whole. Garritano makes a significant contribution to the examination of gender norms and the ideologies these movies produce.

African Video Movies and Global Desires is a historically and theoretically informed cultural history of an African visual genre that will only continue to grow in size and influence.


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