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Art and trauma in Africa : representations of reconciliation in music, visual arts, literature and film

Contributor(s): Series: International library of cultural studies ; 21.Publisher: London, England : I.B. Tauris, 2019Distributor: [London, England] : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019Edition: First editionDescription: 1 online resource (xxxiii, 325 pages) : illustrationsISBN:
  • 9780755604302
  • 075560430X
Subject(s): Genre/Form: LOC classification:
  • NX180.P67 B57 2013eb
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Contents:
Part One: Music - Chapter 1: Hip Hop Lyrics as Tool for Conflict Resolution in the Niger Delta ; Chapter 2: ­Grooving on Broken: Dancing War Trauma in Angolan Kuduro ; Chapter 3: Local Arts versus Global Terrorism: The Manifestations of Trauma and Modes of Reconciliation in Moroccan Music Festivals -- Part Two: Visual Arts - Chapter 4: Transforming Arms into Ploughshares: Weapons that Destroy and Heal in Mozambican Urban Art ; Chapter 5: Unlocking the Doors of Number Four Prison: Curating the Violent Past in Contemporary South Africa ; Chapter 6: Imaging Life after Death: Photography and the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda -- Part Three: Literature - Chapter 7: 'It was a terrible time to be alive': Narrative Reconciliation in Contemporary West African Fiction ; Chapter 8: Truth Will Set You Free: Implications of a Creative Narrative for the 'Official' Discourse of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission ; Chapter 9: Re-fathoming the Dark of Heartness: Contrapuntal Representations of the Rwandan Genocide -- Part Four: Film - Chapter 10: Reconciling the African Nation: Fanta Regina Nacro's La Nuit de la Vérité ; Chapter 11: Closed Windows onto Morocco's Past: Leila Kilani's Our Forbidden Places ; Chapter 12: Beyond 'Victimology': Generating Agency through Film in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo ; Chapter 13: Truth, Reconciliation and Cinema: Reflections on South Africa's Recent Past in Ubuntu's Wounds and Homecoming.
Summary: "The traumas of conflict and war in postcolonial Africa have been widely documented, but less well known are their artistic representations. A number of recent films, novels and other art forms have sought to engage with and overcome postcolonial atrocities and to explore the attempts of reconciliation commissions towards peace, justice and forgiveness. This creativity reflects the memories and social identities of the artists, whilst offering a mirror to African and worldwide audiences coming to terms with a collective memory that is often traumatic in itself. The seeming paradox between creative representation and the reality of horrific events such as genocide presents challenges for the relationship between ethics, poetics and politics. In Art and Trauma in Africa, Lizelle Bisschoff and Stefanie Van de Peer bring together multiple ways of analyzing the ethical responsibility at the heart of an artist's decision to tackle such controversial and painful subjects. Also, to study trauma, conflict and reconciliation through art in a pan-African context offers new perspectives on a continent that is often misrepresented by the Western media. The inexpressible nature of atrocities that are the crux of how Africa is generally regarded from the outside is challenged with new art forms that in and of themselves question perception and interpretation. African artists are renewing the field of trauma studies through representing the unrepresentable in order to incessantly invigorate insights and theories. Art and Trauma in Africa examines a diverse range of art forms, from hip hop in Nigeria and dance in Angola to Moroccan films and South African literature, taking an original pan-African approach. It is in doing so that this groundbreaking volume will inspire those interested in African history and politics as well as those with an interest in trauma, cultural and artistic studies."-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 294-314), discography (page 315) , filmography (pages 316-317) and index.

Part One: Music - Chapter 1: Hip Hop Lyrics as Tool for Conflict Resolution in the Niger Delta ; Chapter 2: ­Grooving on Broken: Dancing War Trauma in Angolan Kuduro ; Chapter 3: Local Arts versus Global Terrorism: The Manifestations of Trauma and Modes of Reconciliation in Moroccan Music Festivals -- Part Two: Visual Arts - Chapter 4: Transforming Arms into Ploughshares: Weapons that Destroy and Heal in Mozambican Urban Art ; Chapter 5: Unlocking the Doors of Number Four Prison: Curating the Violent Past in Contemporary South Africa ; Chapter 6: Imaging Life after Death: Photography and the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda -- Part Three: Literature - Chapter 7: 'It was a terrible time to be alive': Narrative Reconciliation in Contemporary West African Fiction ; Chapter 8: Truth Will Set You Free: Implications of a Creative Narrative for the 'Official' Discourse of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission ; Chapter 9: Re-fathoming the Dark of Heartness: Contrapuntal Representations of the Rwandan Genocide -- Part Four: Film - Chapter 10: Reconciling the African Nation: Fanta Regina Nacro's La Nuit de la Vérité ; Chapter 11: Closed Windows onto Morocco's Past: Leila Kilani's Our Forbidden Places ; Chapter 12: Beyond 'Victimology': Generating Agency through Film in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo ; Chapter 13: Truth, Reconciliation and Cinema: Reflections on South Africa's Recent Past in Ubuntu's Wounds and Homecoming.

"The traumas of conflict and war in postcolonial Africa have been widely documented, but less well known are their artistic representations. A number of recent films, novels and other art forms have sought to engage with and overcome postcolonial atrocities and to explore the attempts of reconciliation commissions towards peace, justice and forgiveness. This creativity reflects the memories and social identities of the artists, whilst offering a mirror to African and worldwide audiences coming to terms with a collective memory that is often traumatic in itself. The seeming paradox between creative representation and the reality of horrific events such as genocide presents challenges for the relationship between ethics, poetics and politics. In Art and Trauma in Africa, Lizelle Bisschoff and Stefanie Van de Peer bring together multiple ways of analyzing the ethical responsibility at the heart of an artist's decision to tackle such controversial and painful subjects. Also, to study trauma, conflict and reconciliation through art in a pan-African context offers new perspectives on a continent that is often misrepresented by the Western media. The inexpressible nature of atrocities that are the crux of how Africa is generally regarded from the outside is challenged with new art forms that in and of themselves question perception and interpretation. African artists are renewing the field of trauma studies through representing the unrepresentable in order to incessantly invigorate insights and theories. Art and Trauma in Africa examines a diverse range of art forms, from hip hop in Nigeria and dance in Angola to Moroccan films and South African literature, taking an original pan-African approach. It is in doing so that this groundbreaking volume will inspire those interested in African history and politics as well as those with an interest in trauma, cultural and artistic studies."-- Provided by publisher.

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