The Making of the Pentecostal Melodrama

Religion, Media and Gender in Kinshasa

How religion, gender, and urban sociality are expressed in and mediated via television drama in Kinshasa is the focus of this ethnographic study. Influenced by Nigerian films and intimately related to the emergence of a charismatic Christian scene, these teleserials integrate melodrama, conversion narratives, Christian songs, sermons, testimonies, and deliverance rituals to produce commentaries on what it means to be an inhabitant of Kinshasa. Les mer
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How religion, gender, and urban sociality are expressed in and mediated via television drama in Kinshasa is the focus of this ethnographic study. Influenced by Nigerian films and intimately related to the emergence of a charismatic Christian scene, these teleserials integrate melodrama, conversion narratives, Christian songs, sermons, testimonies, and deliverance rituals to produce commentaries on what it means to be an inhabitant of Kinshasa.

Fakta

Innholdsfortegnelse

Illustrations

Acknowledgements

On Language



Chapter 1. The First Episode





Religion, Media and Kinshasa's Public Sphere

Working with Cultural Producers

Mediation and Remediation

Research Methodologies

Structure of the Text



Chapter 2. Cursing the City. The Ethnographic Field and the Pentecostal Imagination





The Heat of Kinshasa

Competing Christianities

Signs of the Apocalypse

Witchcraft, or the Extraction of Life

A Christian Key Scenario

To Conclude: (Re-)Presenting the Apocalypse



Chapter 3. Of Fathers and Names. Social Dynamics in an Evangelising Drama Group





Bienvenu Toukebana: Setting up and Managing a Drama Group

Fiston 'Chapy' Muzama: From Rapper to Pastor

The Pastor and Maman Pasteur

Clovis Ikala: Setting up a New Theatre Company

Cinarc versus the Group of Muyombe Gauche: Rivalries among Troupes

Mamy Moke and her Lover

Ance Luzolo: Boasting with a Contact

Conclusion



Chapter 4. Variations on Divine Afflatus. Artistic Inspiration, Special Effects, and Sermons





The Christian Artist

The Pastor

Special Effects as Visual Evidence

Conclusion: Special Effects, Dreams and Melodrama



Chapter 5. Mimesis in Motion. Embodied Experiences of Performers and Spectators





Going into Seclusion

Mimesis and Possession

Spectators and the Sacred

Visuality and the Senses

Framing to Protect

Closing Notes: Mediating Performances



Chapter 6. The Right Road. Moral Movements, Confessions and the Christian Subject





'I am a Sinner'

The Moral Movement

A Modern Purification?

To Conclude I: Mediation by the Holy Spirit: Transformation from Evil to Purity

To Conclude II: Melodrama and Rituals



Chapter 7. Opening up the Country. Christian Popular Culture, the Generation Trouble and Time





The Difference between Existing and Living

The Generation Trouble

The Healing Power of Narrative

Past, Present and Future

To Conclude: Youth, Christianity and Development



Chapter 8. Marriage comes from God. Negotiating Matrimony and Sexuality (Part I)





Against Ethnic Endogamous Marriages: Mayimona

Incest Reconsidered: The Devouring Fire

Negotiating Adultery: The Open Tomb

Concluding Notes: Playing the Games



Chapter 9. The Danger of Sex. Negotiating Matrimony and Urban Sexuality (Part II)





Kindumba: Deviations from Accepted Sexual Practices

God's Men Making Meaning of Sex

Opposing Messages

Women and Social Power: The Moziki Women and Vedettes



Conclusion I: Negotiations about Matrimony and Sexuality

Conclusion II: The Melodrama and the Feminine



Chapter 10. Closure, Subplots and Cliffhanger





The Melodrama on and beyond the Screen

Cultural Producers in an Apocalyptic Society

The Recovery of the Salon

The Next Episode



Bibliography

Index

Om forfatteren

Katrien Pype is an Associate Professor at University of Leuven and a Honorary Research Fellow with the Department of African Studies & Anthropology at University of Birmingham. She is co-initiator, with Miles Larmer and Rueben Loffman, of Congo Research Network, a platform that aims at enhancing dialogue and collaboration among Congo researchers in the humanities and social sciences.