Whither the Gender of Get Out: A Critique of the Cinematic (Im)Possibilities of the Black Political Imagination
Date of Award
Armond R. Towns, Ph.D.
Get Out, Race, Gender
This thesis investigates the entanglements of spatialized racial-sexual violence, conceptualizations of black female subjectivity, questions of the limitations and excesses of media representations and the socioeconomic, cultural and spatiotemptoral relations that make black images visible and (im) possible as they are situated in the cinematic black political imagination. Through a materialist media analysis of the 2017 film Get Out, I argue that the film and its articulation of the afterlife of slavery fails to account for gender by tangentially engaging black women in its dissection of race and racism. I contend that black women are the absent presence in the film and a dissection of their (in) visibilities is necessary to reveal race's unresolved relationship to race and deepen the film's mediation of the connection between race, gender and representation.
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Tinnin, Daelena, "Whither the Gender of Get Out: A Critique of the Cinematic (Im)Possibilities of the Black Political Imagination" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1423.
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