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This lively study unpacks the intersecting racial, sexual, and gender politics underlying the representations of racialized bodies, masculinities, and femininities in early 1970s black action films, with particular focus on the representation of black femininity. Stephane Dunn explores the typical, sexualized, subordinate positioning of women in low-budget blaxploitation action narratives as well as more seriously radical films like Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and The Spook Who Sat by the Door, in which black women are typically portrayed as trifling "bitches" compared to the supermacho black male heroes. The terms "baad bitches" and "sassy supermamas" signal the reversal of this positioning with the emergence of supermama heroines in the few black action films in the early 1970s that featured self-assured, empowered, and tough (or "baad") black women as protagonists: Cleopatra Jones, Coffy, and Foxy Brown.

Dunn offers close examination of a distinct moment in the history of African American representation in popular cinema, tracing its emergence out of a radical political era, influenced especially by the Black Power movement and feminism. "Baad Bitches" and Sassy Supermamas also engages blaxploitation's impact and lingering aura in contemporary hip-hop culture as suggested by its disturbing gender politics and the "baad bitch daughters" of Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones, rappers Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown.  

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An incisive analysis of gender and race in classic blaxploitation films

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Stephane Dunn is a visiting assistant professor of English at Morehouse College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252033407
Author:
Dunn, Stephane
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
United states
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Action and adventure films - United States -
Subject:
Blaxploitation films - United States -
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
New Black Studies Series
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » History and Criticism
History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

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