Mirror communities and straw individualisms: Essentialism, cinema and semiotic analysis

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A pragmaticist alternative to the radical basis of identity using debates on African cinema is the objective of this article. Post-Freudian psychoanalytical film theory is thus debated from the perspective of a Peirceian pragmatism. Essentialism is critiqued. Position of the scholar is examined in terms of cultural proscriptions.

Keywords: AFRICAN CINEMA; ESSENTIALISM; PEIRCE; PSYCHOANALYSIS; SEMIOTICS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jac.3.1.3_1

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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  • The Journal of African Cinemas will explore the interactions of visual and verbal narratives in African film. It recognizes the shifting paradigms that have defined and continue to define African cinemas. Identity and perception are interrogated in relation to their positions within diverse African film languages. The editors are seeking papers that expound on the identity or identities of Africa and its peoples represented in film. 
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