Women of Blaxploitation How the Black Action Film Heroine Changed American Popular Culture

ISBN-10: 0786427442
ISBN-13: 9780786427444
Edition: 2006
Authors: Yvonne D. Sims
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Description: This critical study examines the ways in which the blaxploitation heroines of the early 1970s reshaped the presentation of African American actresses on screen and, to a certain degree, the perception of African American females in general. It  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 8/24/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

This critical study examines the ways in which the blaxploitation heroines of the early 1970s reshaped the presentation of African American actresses on screen and, to a certain degree, the perception of African American females in general. It discusses the social, political and cultural context in which blaxploitation films emerged. The work focuses on four African American actresses?Pam Grier, Tamara Dobson, Teresa Graves and Jeanne Belle?providing critical and audience response to their films as well as insight into the perspectives of the actresses themselves. The eventual demise of the blaxploitation genre due to formulaic plots and lack of character development is also discussed. Finally, the work addresses the mainstreaming of the action heroine in general and a recent resurgence of interest in black action movies. Relevant film stills and a selected filmography including cast list and plot synopsis are also included.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Reshaping African American Femininity: Mammy, Aunt Jemima, Sapphire and Action Heroine
Cultivating the Seed
Here Comes the Queen
Call Me Cleo
Love That Woman and Watch the Dynamite
The End of Blaxploitation
Aliens, Terminators and Outlaws: The Mainstreaming of the Action Heroine
Metamorphosis of the Black Action Heroine
Epilogue
Selected Filmography
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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