"They call me MR Tibbs!": the changing face of the black American male, on screen, as a result of the civil rights movement

Tyler, Matthew (2007) "They call me MR Tibbs!": the changing face of the black American male, on screen, as a result of the civil rights movement. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Throughout this dissertation I intend to discover the political and social reasons for the changing representation of black Americans, specifically males, by using various film texts for justification. The two main areas studied are the 1950s integrationist approach to Civil Rights and the separatist ideology of the 1970s. I will investigate the way in which black American male stereotypes have changed through the Civil Rights Movement, from the mild mannered, integrationist heroes such as Sidney Poitier, to the more militant, individualist work of people such as Melvin Van Peebles. I will look at early films containing black American people to give examples of the original, degrading stereotypes. The roles of various people, such as Martin Luther King Jnr and Malcolm X, and pressure groups, such as the NAACP and SNCC, will be explained in detail. The impact these people had on the Civil Rights will be justified by close textual analysis of a number of key texts. I will use a number of research materials, ranging from books to journals and magazine articles to song lyrics. The main primary source will be the films themselves. This dissertation will be concluded by taking a look at the influence these periods have had on contemporary directors and a summary of all the information obtained through the study.

    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/304

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