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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 black femininity. While low-budget blaxploitation films typically portrayed black women as trifling "bitches" compared to the supermacho black male heroes, the terms "baad bitches" and "sassy supermamas" signal the emergence of films featuring self-assured, empowered, and tough (or "baad") black female protagonists: Cleopatra Jones, Coffy, and Foxy Brown. Stephane Dunn closely examines a distinct moment in the history of African American representation in popular cinema, tracing its influences from the Black Power movement and feminism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Word Revolution vs. World
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xxi
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  1. Introduction: Race, Gender, and Black Action Fantasy
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1. The Pleasure of Looking: Black Female Spectatorship and the Supermama Heroine
  2. pp. 13-34
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  1. 2 Black Power and the New Baad Cinema
  2. pp. 35-54
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  1. 3 What’s Sex and Women Got to Do with It?: Sexual Politics and Revolution in Sweetback and The Spook
  2. pp. 55-84
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  1. 4 Race, Gender,and Sexual Power in Cleopatra Jones
  2. pp. 85-106
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  1. 5 Sexing the Supermama: Racial and Gender Power in Coffy and Foxy Brown
  2. pp. 107-132
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  1. Afterword: Superbaad for theTwenty-First-Century Screen
  2. pp. 133-136
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 137-148
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 149-156
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 157-166
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 188-194
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