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Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film

University of Illinois Press
Publication date: June 2009
ISBN: 9780252091827
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This insightful study places African American women's stardom in historical and industrial contexts by examining the star personae of five African American women: Dorothy Dandridge, Pam Grier, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Halle Berry. Interpreting each woman's celebrity as predicated on a brand of charismatic authority, Mia Mask shows how these female stars have deftly negotiated the uneven terrain of racial, gender, and class stereotypes. As international celebrities, these women have ultimately complicated the conventional discursive and industrial practices through which blackness and womanhood have been represented in commercial cinema, independent film, and network television._x000B__x000B_Mask examines the function of these stars in seminal yet underanalyzed films. She considers Dandridge's status as a sexual commodity in films such as Tamango, revealing the contradictory discourses regarding race and sexuality in segregation-era American culture. Grier's feminist-camp performances in sexploitation pictures Women in Cages and The Big Doll House and her subsequent blaxploitation vehicles Coffy and Foxy Brown highlight a similar tension between representing African American women as both objectified stereotypes and powerful, self-defining icons. Mask reads Goldberg's transforming habits in Sister Act and The Associate as representative of her unruly comedic routines, while Winfrey's daily television performance as self-made, self-help guru echoes Horatio Alger's narratives of success. Finally, Mask analyzes Berry's meteoric success by acknowledging the ways in which Dandridge's career made Berry's possible.
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Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Mia Mask
University of Illinois Press, June 2009
ISBN: 9780252091827
EAN:  9780252091827
PDF (Adobe DRM)
List Price: $23.40 eBook price: $20.99
Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Mia Mask
University of Illinois Press, June 2009
ISBN: 9780252091827
EAN:  2370004700618
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List Price: $23.40 eBook price: $20.99