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FILM 44.12 - The Idea of Africa

This is a course guide for FILM 44.12.

Course description

This course will consider the mapping of race onto the idea of Africa and how Africa came to constitute a unique racial category. We will therefore conduct an “archeology of race” and engage the argument by historians of race in Africa that Africa was a major laboratory of race. Our primary material will consist of motion pictures, in an effort to reckon with the role of motion pictures as prime technologies of racial othering and their deep imbrications in colonial projects.

[Source: Registrar, 03/12/2024] Dist:ART; WCult:NW

In the Library's collections

You can use one of these subject headings to start your research in the library's online catalog:

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book title(s)

Other library resource(s)

Finding scholarly articles & journal title(s)

You can find scholarly literature for African cinema in a variety of journals. However, if you want to do targeted searching, you can use a subject specific database such as Film & Television Literature Index. You can also use the search box at the top of the page.

Internet resource(s)

Citing and Tracking Your Bibliographic References

Use this guide to help you learn how to correctly cite and keep track of the references you find for your research.

Keeping up with Film Studies journal literature

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