Baad Bitches and Sassy Supermamas Black Power Action Films

ISBN-10: 025207548X

ISBN-13: 9780252075483

Edition: 2008

Authors: Stephane Dunn
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Description: This lively study unpacks the intersecting racial, sexual, and gender politics underlying the representations of racialized bodies, masculinities, and femininities in early 1970s black action films, with particular focus on the representation of black femininity. Stephane Dunn explores the typical, sexualized, subordinate positioning of women in low-budget blaxploitation action narratives as well as more seriously radical films like Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and The Spook Who Sat by the Door, in which black women are typically portrayed as trifling "bitches" compared to the supermacho black male heroes. The terms "baad bitches" and "sassy supermamas" signal the reversal of this positioning with the emergence of supermama heroines in the few black action films in the early 1970s that featured self-assured, empowered, and tough (or "baad") black women as protagonists: Cleopatra Jones, Coffy, and Foxy Brown.

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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 8/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Race, Gender, and Black Action Fantasy
The Pleasure of Looking: Black Female Spectatorship and the Supermama Heroine
Black Power and the New Baad Cinema
What's Sex and Women Got to Do with It? Sexual Politics and Revolution in Sweetback and The Spook
Race, Gender, and Sexual Power in Cleopatra Jones
Sexing the Supermama: Racial and Gender Power in Coffy and Foxy Brown
Afterword: Superbaad for the Twenty-First-Century Screen
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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