Introduction: Framing exile: From homeland to homepage

Hamid Naficy*

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As I began thinking about this introduction, I began wondering not only what to say but also what to call it. Introduction, opening, framing remarks …?Finally I decided on the last of these, “Framing Remarks.�? But as I began writing, the title gradually became “Framing Exile.�? Why? FraminB’ of course, means bracketing, structuring, constructing, or laying out the terrain of a topic-as in “providing a framework.�? This helps to define and differentiate one topic from another; it helps each topic stake a claim to its existence-an important strategy in alternative discursive formations. Framina also means delimiting the topic, boxing it in, predetermining it-as in “encasing the topic.�? This is something that my Ph.D. advisor, Teshome Gabriel, who has contributed an essay to this volume, had long ago warned me against doing, He’d say something like: “Don’t clearly define concepts like ‘third cinema’ because then they’ll be appropriated and dismissed.�? By that definition, framing can become a means of control and domestication, and the refusal to frame becomes an oppositional strategy. Further, as the dictionary tells us, framing could also mean prearranging or concocting with a sinister intent-as in a frame-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHome, Exile, Homeland
Subtitle of host publicationFilm, Media, and the Politics of Place
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781135216399
ISBN (Print)0415919460, 9780415919470
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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