Big Fro's and bad attitudes: an examination of the blaxploitation genre from its origins to the present

Edmonds, Daniel (2007) Big Fro's and bad attitudes: an examination of the blaxploitation genre from its origins to the present. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation is a complete examination and analysis of a film genre that origination in 1970s America, which came to be known as the Blaxploitation genre. It refers to a tongue-in-cheek group of films that featured larger than life African American characters, in roles that appear rather two-dimensional and that seem to appeal to old derogatory stereotypes. The term Blaxploitation is simply derived from the exploitation of African Americans. However, as I claim in my work, these films were popular amongst black audiences, and the genre is viewed upon as being important in the progression of black actors and actresses. I aimed to examine the genre and investigate the reasons for this. I broke down my findings into four chapters that I deemed to be the most important attributes of the genre, and the most adequate for the purpose of analysis. By referring to the works of theorists and scholars such as Donald Bogle, who himself examined the old stereotyping of African Americans throughout film history in his book Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies & Bucks (2001), I have juxtaposed these stereotypes of old with the characters of Blaxploitation, and observed that there are similarities, as well and many subversions of these stereotypes. Although the controversial themes and images of the genre are fairly obvious, I have highlighted that the genre can also be observed as a celebration of black identity in many respects, and view upon as being progressive for African Americans on-screen.

    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/313

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