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Blaxploitation Films: What's Love Got to Do with It?
full name / name of organization:
Cynthia J. Miller/Film & History
Call for Papers
“Blaxploitation Films: What’s Love Got to Do with It?”
2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television
November 11-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
First Round Deadline: November 1, 2009
AREA: Blaxploitation Films: What’s Love Got to Do with It?
In 1971, a new film genre combining super-stud heroes and their drop-dead sexy female counterparts, with hard action and funky soundtracks, emerged from the midst of a turbo-charged era of social change. Blaxploitation, with its primarily black casts, was introduced with Gordon Parks’ Shaft, and followed soon after by Superfly (1972), directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. Both films, and the genre they ushered in, were marked by extreme violence, criminality, sexual exploitation, and valorization of poetic justice. They spoke to black audiences that, despite cresting a surge in racial pride, continued to feel frustrated by widespread legal corruption, social marginalization, and seeing themselves represented on the screen by the same old tired stereotypes. “Blaxploitation Films: What’s Love Got to Do with It?” seeks to explore the genre, its characters, and their passionate relationships, as artifacts of history, chronicles of culture, and stepping stones in the evolution of black images on screen, from the early stereotypes found in the 1915 Birth of a Nation, to the complex commentary of American Gangster (2007).
This area, comprised of multiple panels, welcomes individual papers as well as panel proposals that examine all forms of films and television fare that examine the steamy, hypersexual, emotional side of blaxploitation films, and its depictions of violence, corruption and criminality. Possible questions to consider include:
Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the area chair:
Norlisha F. Crawford, Chair
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Department of English
800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (email submissions preferred)
Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory).