From the Tom to the magician: the historical development of the African American Uncle Tom stereotype

Turner, Klara (2014) From the Tom to the magician: the historical development of the African American Uncle Tom stereotype. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Throughout this dissertation, a discussion will be made about the way African American males are represented in film with specific regard to the Uncle Tom stereotype. This character type will be studied in terms of its origins and the way it has evolved. To begin, an in-depth analysis will take place regarding the creation of the Uncle Tom and how it was represented in the first feature length films. This is essential in understanding how the Uncle Tom has changed through time. The buddy movie genre will also be analysed in order to argue that the Tom has changed from a slave or servant to a sidekick to the white hero. Lastly, by using its similarities to the magical donor character type, the Magical Negro stereotype will be argued to be a final reincarnation of the Tom stereotype. A wide range of sources will be used however the primary sources will be the films themselves. To conclude the dissertation, a prediction as to the future of the stereotype will be discussed as will the possibility of the stereotype becoming inverted or reversed. This will be achieved by analysing modern film examples.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 11:25
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 11:25
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22310

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