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Gender Terrains in African Cinema

Gender Terrains in African Cinema
By Dominica Dipio
Size: 170 × 240 mm
Pages: 244 pages
ISBN 13: 978-1-920033-38-5
Published: March 2019
Publishers: NISC (Pty) Ltd for African Humanities Program
Recommended Retail Price: R 325.00 inc. VAT
Cover: Paperback

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Gender Terrains in African Cinema reflects on a body of canonical African filmmakers who address a trajectory of pertinent social issues. Dipio analyses gender relations around three categories of female characters – the girl child, the young woman and the elderly woman and their male counterparts. Although gender remains the focal point in this lucid and fascinating text, Dipio engages attention in her discussion of African feminism in relation to Western feminism. With its broad appeal to African humanities, Gender Terrains in African Cinema stands as a unique and radical contribution to the field of (African) film studies, which until now, has suffered from a paucity of scholarship.

Part of the African Humanities Series

About the Authors

Dominica Dipio is an associate professor of literature and film based in Makerere University, Kampala, where she obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Literature. Her Licentiate in Social Communications and PhD in Film Studies, specialising in African Cinema are from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. 

Dipio has won a number of research grants, including a Fulbright Research Fellowship (2012–2013); the Africa Humanities Program Fellowship that recognises excellent research in Humanities (2009); and the Makerere-Bergen Foklore Project (2007–2012) where she has been a lead researcher and coordinator. Among the recognitions she has received is a nomination among high achieving women in Uganda whose stories are profiled in a book, Footmarks Scaling Heights: Conversations with Women of Purpose in Uganda (2014). She is also a recipient of the Authorship and Legal Deposit Award of Makerere University (2009), and the Art Press Association (Award for her first feature film, ‘A Meal to Forget’ (2009). Dipio has several publications in her research fields of film, literature, folklore and cultural studies, with gender as a cross-cutting interest in her writings.


Preface & acknowledgements 
Chapter 1: Theoretical introduction 
Chapter 2: Imaging the girl child 
Chapter 3: Negotiating spaces within patriarchy 
Chapter 4: Positioning the elderly in gender relations 
Chapter 5: Recurrent trends in gender representation in African cinema 

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