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Mixed messages : 'mixed race' representations in film

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Mixed messages : 'mixed race' representations in film

Angel, Naomi (2004) Mixed messages : 'mixed race' representations in film. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The growing interest in issues pertaining to mixed race identities and communities, as well as a surge in films with mixed race characters has prompted this examination of representations of mixed race characters in film from the 1950s to the present. The study consists of an analysis of selected films, including Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Jungle Fever, Dr. No, Showboat and Rabbit Proof Fence , and situates this analysis within a historical framework based on the particular context in which each film was set and/or made. The value in studying 'mixed race' representations in film lies in the reflection it provides of significant moments in 'mixed race' histories, and in the portrayal of cultural imaginings of people of 'mixed race.' By examining these representations, this thesis traces the development of 'mixed race' terminology, interrogates the history of anti-miscegenation law in the United States, and explores the sociological and commonsense views of 'mixed race' maladjustment in the early 1900s.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Angel, Naomi
Pagination:v, 124 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Communication Studies
Date:2004
Thesis Supervisor(s):Gagnon, Monika Kin
ID Code:8036
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:13
Last Modified:19 Aug 2011 03:55
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