Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

In plain sight: Changing representations of "biracial" people in film 1903-2015
by Gray, Charles L., Ph.D., Marquette University, 2016, 247; 10174083
Abstract (Summary)

Rooted in slavery, the United States in both law and custom has a long history of adhering to the one drop rule–the stipulation that any amount of African ancestry constitutes an individual as black. Given this history, decidedly mixed race people have been subjected to a number of degrading stereotypes. In examining the three broad themes of the tragic mulatto, racial passing, and racelessness in cinema, this dissertation asks to what extent film representations of mixed race characters have had the capacity to educate audiences beyond stereotypes. Although a number of film scholars and critics have analyzed mixed race characters in American cinema, there is no treatment spanning the last century that comprehensively analyzes each film’s capacity to diminish racism.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lowe, Robert E.
Commitee: Lopez, Francesca, Schweizer, Heidi
School: Marquette University
Department: Educational Policy & Leadership
School Location: United States -- Wisconsin
Source: DAI-A 78/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: African American Studies, American studies, Education, Film studies
Keywords: Colorblind, Hybridity, Mixed race film characters, Racelessness, Racial passing, Tragic mulatto
Publication Number: 10174083
ISBN: 9781369286236
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