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Title:Afro-Superheroes
Editor:Coetzee, CarliISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies (ISSN 1369-6815)
Volume:28
Pages:241-312
Language:English
City of publisher:Abingdon
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Geographic terms:Africa
Kenya
Nigeria
Subjects:heroes
literature
films
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjac20/28/3
Abstract:The increasing visibility of African superheroes (or what Adilifu Nama has termed so memorably 'Super Blacks') might look, from a certain point of view, like evidence of the increasing infiltration of transnational consumerism into youth cultural forms in African contexts. The papers in this collection on Afro-superheroes argue the opposite: Afro-superheroes, the authors show in their analysis of their often arresting material, are embedded in contemporary political and social contexts and provide us with ways of understanding the emergent present. Contributions: Akpos 'don' come again: Nigerian cyberpop hero as trickster (James Yk); 'Akokhan returns': Kenyan newspaper comics and the making of an 'African' superhero (Duncan Omanga); 'Naija' Halloween or 'wetin'?': 'Naija' superheroes and a time-traveling performance (Ying Cheng); 'Arugba': superwoman, power and agency (Rotimi Fasan); Amani Abeid and Paul Ndunguru: the archaeology of a superhero (Gus Casely-Hayford); Interpreting the fantastic: video-film as intervention (Nomusa Makhubu). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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