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Routledge Handbook of African Popular Culture

Edited by: Grace A Musila , Karin Barber

Print publication date:  May  2022
Online publication date:  May  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367483869
eBook ISBN: 9781003080855
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003080855
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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.

Chapter 13 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Thirteen Ways of Reading African Popular Culture  Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Ethiopian Imprints Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Local Authors, Ephemeral Texts Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Varieties of Romance in Contemporary Popular Togolese Literature  Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Against ‘African Popular Literature’, or: The Weeping Woman Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Gendering the Popular Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Scandals, Controversies and African Literary Prizes Download PDF
Chapter  8:  TED Talks, Blogging, and Celebrity Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Flash Fiction Ghana and Popular Culture Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Literature in the Great Lakes Region Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Funding Popular Culture in Tanzania Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Nigerian Film Audiences on the Internet Download PDF
Chapter  14:  “Don't Tell Me You Want to Marry a White Man!” Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Popular Culture and the Women Fandom of English Premier League Football in Eldoret, Kenya Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Modelling Success Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Recognizing LGBTQ+ Faces Beyond the Mauritian Nation-State  Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Coding the City Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Matters of Kwaito and Why Kwaito Matters Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Meaning and Multiplicity Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Politics and the Music Video in Nigeria Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Police Is Your Friend Download PDF
Chapter  23:  “Di one Wey Dey Pain me Pass …!” Download PDF
Chapter  24:  #ObinimStickerChallenge Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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