Who’s got the “reel” power? The problem of female antagonisms in blaxploitation cinema

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dc.contributor.author DeAnn Seifert, Melissa
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-10T10:17:36Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-10T10:17:36Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation DeAnn Seifert, M. (2012) 'Who’s got the “reel” power? The problem of female antagonisms in blaxploitation cinema', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 4. en
dc.identifier.issued 4
dc.identifier.startpage 1
dc.identifier.endpage 17
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5753
dc.description.abstract Between 1973 and 1975, films starring Pam Grier and Tamara Dobson such asCleopatra Jones(Jack Starrett, 1973),Coffy(Jack Hill, 1973) and Foxy Brown(Hill, 1974) introduced leading black women into the predominantly male blaxploitation scene as aggressive action heroines. Within the cinematic spaces of blaxploitation films which featured women as active agents, a racial and sexual divide exists. These films positioned women either inside or outside of gender tolerability by utilising binary constructions of identity based on race, sex and elementary constructions of good and evil, black and white, straight and gay, and feminine and butch. Popular representations of lesbianism and sisterhood within blaxploitation cinema reflect a dominant social view of American lesbianism as white while straight women are consistently represented as black. However, these spaces also constricted black and white female identities by limiting sexuality and morality to racial boundaries. This article seeks to question the unique solitude of these female heroines and interrogate a patriarchal cinematic world where sisterhood is often prohibited and lesbianism demonised. en
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dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork en
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dc.rights © 2012, The Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. en
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dc.subject Race en
dc.subject Gender en
dc.subject 1960s en
dc.subject 1970s en
dc.subject Blaxploitation en
dc.subject Film en
dc.subject Female en
dc.subject Antagonism en
dc.title Who’s got the “reel” power? The problem of female antagonisms in blaxploitation cinema en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Melissa DeAnn Seifert, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en


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