Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation: classical Hollywood cinema or independent rebellion?

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dc.contributor.author Schroeter, Caroline V.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-08T11:21:13Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-08T11:21:13Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Schroeter, C. V. (2017) 'Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation: classical Hollywood cinema or independent rebellion?', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 13, pp. 135-155. en
dc.identifier.issued 13
dc.identifier.startpage 135
dc.identifier.endpage 155
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6033
dc.description.abstract The depiction of racial minorities such as African Americans has changed over the last decades and the film industry is experiencing a period of transition towards new images of black identity. In this context, my article explores the complexities of Nate Parker’s cinematic slave narrative The Birth of a Nation (2016). Parker’s choices are constantly guided by reimagining, revising, and reclaiming the (hi)story and the representation of African Americans. I argue that, although Parker attempts to set his film up as an oppositional force to D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915), his employment of a style that is heavily reliant on the conventions of classical narrative storytelling makes such aspirations problematic. This article demonstrates Parker’s use of classical features and considers whether he subverts the dominant mode by creating an independent black film, or whether his message is weakened by his reliance on (white) industry standards. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork en
dc.relation.uri http://www.alphavillejournal.com/Issue13/13_8Article_Schroeter.pdf
dc.rights © 2017, The Author(s) en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Racial minorities en
dc.subject African American en
dc.subject Black identity en
dc.subject Slave narrative en
dc.subject Classical narrative storytelling en
dc.subject History en
dc.subject Representation en
dc.subject Reclaiming en
dc.subject D. W. Griffith en
dc.subject White industry en
dc.subject Black film en
dc.title Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation: classical Hollywood cinema or independent rebellion? en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Caroline V. Schroeter, English, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: caroline.schroeter@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress caroline.schroeter@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Alphaville


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