Indirect Subjects

Nollywood's Local Address

Indirect Subjects

Book Pages: 336 Illustrations: 42 illustrations Published: October 2021


Indirect Subjects is an ambitious work providing an overview of film in Nigeria from its earliest days, through the height of state television to the rise of Nollywood. It also offers a rethinking of this history by examining the political, economic, and aesthetic logics that tie this history together. This is an insightful work for both scholars and students analyzing iconic films and television series in a new way. Doing so, it offers a new understanding of political aesthetics in Nigeria.” — Brian Larkin, author of Signal and Noise: Media, Infrastructure, and Urban Culture in Nigeria

“Matthew H. Brown's Indirect Subjects applies acuity and sophistication to Nollywood in ways that push the terms of debate beyond anything currently conceived. This is at once theoretically nuanced and historically informed, attentive to the dynamics of the industry as well as to the specific subject matter of the movies. In a word, a real gift offering to a field already dotted with sparkling scholarly gems.” — Ato Quayson, author of Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism


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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1419-5 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1328-0