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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of African Popular Culture

Edited By

Grace A Musila

ISBN 9781003080855
Published May 15, 2022 by Routledge
498 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook brings together an international team of scholars from different disciplines to reflect on African popular cultural imaginaries. These imaginaries – in the sense of cultural productions, contexts, consumers, producers, platforms, and the material, affective and discursive resources they circulate – are influential in shaping African realities. Collectively, the chapters assembled in this handbook index the genres, methods, mediums, questions and encounters that preoccupy producers, consumers and scholars of African popular cultural forms across a range of geohistorical and temporal contexts.

Drawing on forms such as newspaper columns, televised English Premier League football, speculative arts, romance fiction, comedy, cinema, music and digital genres, the contributors explore the possibilities and ambiguities unleashed by the production, circulation, consumption, remediation and critique of these forms. Among the questions explored across these essays are the freedoms and constraints of popular genres; the forms of self-making, pleasure and harm that these imaginaries enable; the negotiations of multiple moral regimes in everyday life; and, inevitably, the fecund terrain of contradictions definitive of many popular forms, which variously enable and undermine world-making.

An authoritative scholarly resource on popular culture in Africa, this handbook is an essential read for students and scholars of African culture, society and media.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Karin Barber

Thirteen Ways of Reading African Popular Culture

Grace A Musila

  1. Ethiopian Imprints: Reading and Writing Ethiopia in 1930s South Africa
  2. Corinne Sandwith

  3. Local Authors, Ephemeral Texts: Anglo-Scribes and Anglo-Literates in West African Newspapers
  4. Stephanie Newell

  5. Varieties of Romance in Contemporary Popular Togolese Literature
  6. Susanne Gerhmann

  7. Against ‘African Popular Literature’, or: The Weeping Woman
  8. Ranka Primorac

  9. Gendering the Popular: Making a Case for FEMRITE in Uganda and Beyond
  10. Lynda Gichanda Spencer and Erik Falk

  11. Scandals, Controversies and African Literary Prizes: Between Intertextuality and Plagiarism
  12. Doseline Kiguru

  13. TED Talks, Blogging, and Celebrity: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the Popular Imagination
  14. Steve Almquist

  15. Flash Fiction Ghana and Popular Culture: An Overview
  16. Adwoa Opoku-Agyemang and Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang

  17. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Methods of Speculation in African Popular Culture
  18. Nedine Moonsamy

  19. Literature in the Great Lakes Region: Between Resistance and Resilience
  20. Maëline Le Lay

  21. Funding Popular Culture in Tanzania: Crowdfunding, Self-Funding and the Live Performance as Fundraiser
  22. Nikitta Dede Adjirakor

  23. Nigerian Film Audiences on the Internet: Influences, Preferences and Contentions
  24. Añulika Agina

  25. "Don’t Tell Me You Want to Marry a White Man!": The Encounter with Euro-American Characters and Settings in African Commercial Cinema
  26. Alessandro Jedlowski

  27. Popular Culture and the Women Fandom of English Premier League Football in Eldoret, Kenya
  28. Solomon Waliaula

  29. Modelling Success: Women and Self-Making in Kenyan Digital Spaces
  30. Dina Ligaga

  31. Recognizing LGBTQ+ Faces beyond the Mauritian Nation-State
  32. Ryan Poinsamy

  33. Coding the City: Mapping Eco-Systems and Zones of Opportunity in Kinshasa’s Emerging Tech Scene
  34. Katrien Pype

  35. Matters of Kwaito and Why Kwaito Matters
  36. Rangoato Hlasane and Bhekizizwe Peterson

  37. Meaning and Multiplicity: Complexity and Play in Tanzanian Hip Hop
  38. David Kerr

  39. Politics and the Music Video in Nigeria
  40. Femi Eromosele

  41. The Police is Your Friend: Instagram Comedy and the Defamiliarization of the Postcolonial State
  42. James Yékú

  43. "Di one Wey Dey Pain me Pass…!": Social Satire, Caricature and Mimicry in the Comic Act of AY
  44. Rotimi Fasan

  45. #ObinimStickerChallenge: Visual Mediations of Suspicion in Religious Prosumer Parody Media in Contemporary Ghana

        Joseph Oduro-Frimpong

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Grace A Musila teaches African literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is editor of Wangari Maathai’s Registers of Freedom (2020); author of A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour: Kenya, Britain and the Julie Ward Murder (2015); and co-editor of Rethinking Eastern African Intellectual Landscapes (2012, with James Ogude and Dina Ligaga).