Visual «difference»

Postcolonial Studies and Intercultural Cinema

by Elizabeth Heffelfinger (Author) Laura Wright (Author)
©2011 Textbook VIII, 208 Pages
Series: Framing Film, Volume 8


To date, no text exists that focuses exclusively on the concept of postcolonial film as a framework for identifying films produced within and outside of various formerly colonized nations, nor is there a scholarly text that addresses pedagogical issues about and frameworks for teaching such films. This book borrows from and respects various forms of categorization – intercultural, global, third, and accented – while simultaneously seeking to make manifest an alternate space of signification. What feels like a mainstream approach is pedagogically necessary in terms of access, both financial and physical, to the films discussed herein, given that this text proposes models for teaching these works at the university and secondary levels. The focus of this work is therefore twofold: to provide the methodology to read and teach postcolonial film, and also to provide analyses in which scholars and teachers can explore the ways that the films examined herein work to further and complicate our understanding of «postcolonial» as a fraught and evolving theoretical stance.


VIII, 208
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (March)
postcolonial intercultural India New Zealand Haiti Caribbean Uganda South Africa Sierra Leone Film
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. VIII, 208 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Elizabeth Heffelfinger (Author) Laura Wright (Author)

Elizabeth Heffelfinger is Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the Motion Picture Studies program in English at Western Carolina University. She specializes in film and cultural studies. Her articles have appeared in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television and Journal of Popular Film and Television. Her PhD is from Carnegie Mellon University. Laura Wright is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in English at Western Carolina University, where she specializes in postcolonial literature and theory. She holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her first book Writing «Out of All the Camps»: J. M. Coetzee’s Narratives of Displacement was published in 2006; a second, «Wilderness into Civilized Shapes»: Reading the Postcolonial Environment, was published in April of 2010.


Title: Visual «difference»