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Postcolonial Automobility: Car Culture in West Africa

Lindsey B. Green-Simms

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901141
eISBN:
9781452957654
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901141.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

Postcolonial Automobility discusses how the automobile, with its promise of autonomous, unfettered mobility is a paradigmatic object through which one can assess the pleasures, dangers, and limits of ... More


The Return of the Mercedes: Upward Mobility, the Good Life, and Nigerian Video Film

Lindsey B. Green-Simms

in Postcolonial Automobility: Car Culture in West Africa

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901141
eISBN:
9781452957654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901141.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

Chapter 4 examines the popular and low-budget Nollywood video films where the private luxury car is both a highly coveted object, typically seen driving down paved roads in posh neighborhoods, and a ... More


Moving Pictures, Mired Cars: The Automobile in African Francophone Cinema

Lindsey B. Green-Simms

in Postcolonial Automobility: Car Culture in West Africa

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901141
eISBN:
9781452957654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901141.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

Chapter 3 turns to Francophone cinema, discussing in detail Ousmane Sembene’s Xala and Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s Quartier Mozart. While media scholars like Kristin Ross have often focused on the shared ... More


The Hum of Progress: Motorcars and the Modernization of West Africa

Lindsey B. Green-Simms

in Postcolonial Automobility: Car Culture in West Africa

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901141
eISBN:
9781452957654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901141.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

Chapter 1 focuses on the history of motorization from the colonial moment to the decolonizing decades following World War II. Examining various events or episodes alongside key literary and ... More


“No Danger No Delay”: Wole Soyinka and the Perils of Driving

Lindsey B. Green-Simms

in Postcolonial Automobility: Car Culture in West Africa

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901141
eISBN:
9781452957654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901141.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

Chapter 2 focuses on the tragedy of motorcar accidents through a close reading of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka’s 1965 post-independence play The Road about Nigerian lorry drivers living on the urban ... More


Women in Traffic: Toward a Feminist Automobility

Lindsey B. Green-Simms

in Postcolonial Automobility: Car Culture in West Africa

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781517901141
eISBN:
9781452957654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517901141.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

Chapter 5 looks at the way that feminist texts re-write and work in dialogue with the male-centered films and novels where the car is a sign of patriarchal power and capitalist achievement. This ... More


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