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Talking points: Ousmane Sembene's “Mandabi” and “Xala”
Senegalese filmmaker and author Ousmane Sembéne helped establish cinema within Africa. Two of his films, Mandabi and Xala , have become classics within African cinema through their usage of African languages and depiction ...
Surveying the damage: Political aesthetics of violence after Abu Ghraib
From the outstretched hands of an injured Haitian girl who reaches toward the camera to the thumbs up of a U.S. interrogator who stands over the naked body of a detainee, we are inundated, today, with politicized images ...
Singing machines: Musical intelligences and human instruments in science fiction and film
Singing Machines: Musical Intelligences and Human Instruments in Science Fiction and Film examines the ways that musically-inclined machines and instruments function in science fiction. The texts under investigation ...
New breed, old blood: Gothic horror in contemporary fiction and film
Whereas most studies treat the "gothic" and "horror" genres as distinct, New Breed, Old Blood uses narrative, feminist, and queer theory, as well as literary and cultural history, to argue that "gothic horror" is a multi-media ...