African Americanism in film: A study of the evolution of Black stereotypes from literature to film, 2020

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
African Americanism in film: A study of the evolution of Black stereotypes from literature to film, 2020
Creator:
Dortch, Thayer J.
Contributor to Resource:
Askew, Timothy
Date of Original:
2020-05
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
theses
dissertations
Type:
Text
Format:
application/pdf
Description:
In the work Playing in the Dark, Toni Morrison constructs the terminology of American Africanism as the particular way in which African Americans are “othered” in literature. She also explains the purpose for which that othering exists. For Morrison, the African American in literature exists as a way of both perpetuating black inferiority while simultaneously emphasizing white superiority. The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the ways in which this American Africanism has evolved from literature to film. This dissertation begins with Reconstruction and the ways in which history was recontextualized in the form of the “Lost Cause” narrative in order to validate the Confederacy’s actions before and after the Civil War. Archetypes such as the Mammy, the Uncle Tom, the Tragic Mulatto/a, the Jezebel, and the Wretched Freeman are examined thoroughly for their contrived nature in early American literature as a justification for the unequal treatment of black Americans. Also, this dissertation examines the transition from literature to film. Additionally, this dissertation studies how those constructed filmic stereotypes have evolved in current American film.
Date of award: 2020-05
Degree type: dissertation
Degree name: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Granting institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department: Department of Humanities
Advisor: Askew, Timothy
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2020_dortch_thayer_j
Language:
eng
Holding Institution:
Clark Atlanta University
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