'Ain't I a woman': an exploration of African American representation in film

Wreford, Laurence (2007) 'Ain't I a woman': an exploration of African American representation in film. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    I have had a strong interest in African American history and cinema, especially the representation of African American females. This has lead me to explore and understand the stereotyping of the African American female in Hollywood cinema, and what affect they have had on the female psyche. I examine the four major stereotypes which have been evident throughout cinematic history and discuss how they have affected African American females of the past and present, and how they have developed throughout history. I also argue how the representations have had either positive or negative outcomes on African Americans. To guide and expand my knowledge of the female stereotypes I studied a number of books, websites and journals which focused on the African American in Hollywood cinema. I also used my own observation of early and modern films to gain a greater understanding of female representation on screen. Through investigation I was able to trace the origins of each caricature, address how each image has transformed over time, outline the importance of each stereotype, and analyse the repercussion they had on African American women and the community.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/293

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