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Under a Bad SignCriminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture$
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Jonathan Munby

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226550350

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226550374.001.0001

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From Up Tight! to Dolemite

From Up Tight! to Dolemite

The Changing Politics of Baadasssss Cinema

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Under a Bad Sign
University of Chicago Press

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

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