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Africa in Literature and Film: Books and Media

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Africa - In Literature
Africa - In Motion Pictures
Fiction - African Influences

Films and Documentaries

Swank Digital Campus
Digital access to feature films and documentaries that Rutgers instructors are using in their courses this year. Content will change from semester to semester. Titles currently available include:
  • Black Panther
  • Coming to America
  • Kanopy
    A broad selection of streaming documentaries, independent and foreign films, classics, and feature films.
    Academic Video Online
    More than 50,000 streaming videos with transcripts on issues worldwide. Includes documentaries, news reels, oral histories, speeches, and interviews.

    The Rutgers Libraries also have individual titles available for streaming:

    La Ultima Cena/The Last Supper
    1976. Rutgers-restricted access

    Need a book not at Dana?

    If a book that you need is not available (not owned/checked out) at the Dana Library, but is available from another Rutgers Library, you can request delivery of that book to Dana by bringing up the record for the book in the Catalog, logging in with your NetID, and clicking on the Request button.

    Library Catalogs

    Rutgers Library Catalog (QuickSearch)
    Search all Rutgers Libraries (except the Law Libraries) for books, videos, media, microforms, and other materials.
    Catalog of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Catalog of the New York Public research library "devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world." The Schomburg Center contains over 5,000,000 items. [Note: When beginning a search session, select "Schomburg Center" from the pull-down menu on the right.]

    Encyclopedias

    Dictionary of African Filmmakers
    Roy Armes. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2008. Rutgers-restricted Access
    Encyclopedia of African Literature
    Simon Gikandi. New York, Routledge, 2003.
    Almost 700 entries on individuals, major literary movements, regional literary traditions, literary genres, themes, and publishing institutions. Entries include lists for further reading. Rutgers-restricted Access
    Student Encyclopedia of African Literature
    G.D. Killam and Alicia L. Kerfoot. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 2008.
    About 600 entries on writers, genres, and major works. Rutgers-restricted Access

    Book not at Rutgers?

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    If a book is not owned by the Rutgers Libraries and is not available via E-Z Borrow, you can place an Interlibrary Loan request.

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