Zimbabwe's Cinematic Arts

Zimbabwe's Cinematic Arts

Language, Power, Identity
Thompson, Katrina Daly
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/13/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-00651-6
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This timely book reflects on discourses of identity that pervade local talk and texts in Zimbabwe, a nation beset by political and economic crisis. As she explores questions of culture that play out in broadly accessible local and foreign film and television, Katrina Daly Thompson shows how viewers interpret these media and how they impact everyday life, language use, and thinking about community. She offers a unique understanding of how media reflect and contribute to Zimbabwean culture, language, and ethnicity.

Author Bio

Katrina Daly Thompson is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics and an affiliated faculty member in African Studies, the Center for the Study of Women, and Islamic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.


A nuanced and convincing approach to evaluating the role of media in shaping African identities.A welcome corrective to the lack of serious scholarship in this area and of interest to a variety of disciplines, in particular, communication studies, ethnic and area studies, and media and cultural studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Cultural Identity in Discourse
1. A Crisis of Representation
2. Cinematic Arts before the 2001 Broadcasting Services Act: Two Decades of Trying to Build a Nation
3. Authorship and Identities: What Makes a Film "Local"?
4. Changing the Channel: Using the Foreign to Critique the Local
5. Power, Citizenship, and Local Content: A Critical Reading of the Broadcasting Services Act
6. Language as a Form of Social Change: Public Debate in Local Languages
Conclusion: Possibilities for Democratic Change

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