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Black Panther: Intersectionality in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
by Deardeuff, Madelaine, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2019, 87; 13878457
Abstract (Summary)

Black Panther, the 18th installment in the global mass media phenomenon referred to as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has become one of the most economically and culturally significant films released by media juggernaut The Walt Disney Co. The critically acclaimed film portrays an advanced, culturally rich society in Africa untouched by colonialism and features a predominantly black cast. Most significantly, the film’s representation of women earned a large amount of praise. The women of Black Panther, including Okoye, the warrior general, Nakia, the international spy, Shuri, master inventor/engineer, and Ramonda, the supportive Queen Mother, feature characterizations that challenge stereotypes of black women often depicted in popular culture. Using intersectionality as a theoretical basis, I conducted a qualitative content analysis of the film Black Panther to discover exactly how the film’s women have been characterized.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Poepsel, Mark
Commitee: Speno, Ashton, Maätita, Florence
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Media Studies(Mass Comm)
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Film studies, Womens studies, Black studies, African American Studies
Keywords: Characterization, Feminism, Intersectionality, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Representation
Publication Number: 13878457
ISBN: 9781088329061
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