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Storytelling in World Cinemas, Vol. 1: Forms is an innovative collection of essays that discuss how different cinemas of the world tell stories. The book locates European, Asian, African, and Latin American films within their wider cultural and artistic frameworks, showing how storytelling forms in cinema are infused with influences from other artistic, literary, and oral traditions. This volume also reconsiders cinematic storytelling in general, highlighting the hybridity of 'national' forms of storytelling, calling for a rethinking of African cinematic storytelling that goes beyond oral traditions, and addressing films characterised by 'non-narration'. This study is the first in a two-volume project, with the second focusing on the contexts of cinematic storytelling.
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Notes on Contributors Introduction to Volume One, by Lina Khatib 'National' Forms of Storytelling Aristotle Did Not Make It to India: Narrative Modes in Hindi Cinema, by Claus Tieber Tootsie Meets Yesilcam: Narration in Popular Turkish Cinema, by Savas Arslan Jewish Humour and the Cabaret Tradition in Interwar Hungarian Entertainment Films, by Anna Manchin Storytelling and Literary and Oral Forms Third Person Interrupted: Form, Adaptation and Narration in Tony Takitani, by Chris Wood The Labyrinth of Halfaouine: Storytelling and the 1001 Nights, by Stefanie Van de Peer 'Leaping broken narration': Ballads, Oral Storytelling and the Cinema, by Adam Ganz Rethinking Storytelling Forms in African Cinemas Storytelling in Contemporary African Fiction Film and Video, by Lindiwe Dovey That's Entertainment? Art, Didacticism and the Popular in Francophone West African Cinema, by David Murphy Intriguing African Storytelling: On Aristotle's Plot by Jean-Pierre Bekolo, by Matthias De Groof Storytelling and Visual Forms Pirosmani's Passion: Narration and the Aesthetics of Pirosmanashvili's Paintings in Georgian Film, by Gesine Drews-Sylla When the Story Hides the Story: The Narrative Structure of Milcho Manchevski's Dust, by Erik Tangerstad Refusing to Conform: Forms of Non-narration Primitive Gazing: Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Sensational Inaction Cinema, by Matthew P. Ferrari Ghosts in the National Machine: The Haunting (and Taunting) Films of Tracey Moffatt, by Jennifer L. Gauthier The Reluctance to Narrate: Elia Suleiman's Chronicle of a Disappearance and Divine Intervention, by Linda Mokdad Index

About the Author

Lina Khatib leads the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. She is the author of Filming the Modern Middle East: Politics in the Cinemas of Hollywood and the Arab World (2006) and Lebanese Cinema: Imagining the Civil War and Beyond (2008).

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