From <i>Up Tight!</i> to <i>Dolemite</i>

in Under a Bad Sign

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226550350
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226550374 | DOI:
From Up Tight! to Dolemite

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This chapter investigates how and why the black popular cultural response to the disappointments of post-civil rights America in the late 1960s and 1970s came to be defined by badman trickster transmogrification, analyzing several blaxploitation films including Super Fly, The Black Caesar, and Dolemite. It examines how the earnest features of the criminal aesthetic in the 1950s and 1960s were self-consciously commoditized, exploited, and even inverted in the form of blaxploitation in the 1970s.

Keywords: cultural response; post-civil rights; blaxploitation; badman trickster; Super Fly; Black Caesar; Dolemite; criminal aesthetic

Chapter.  15234 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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