Black Agency in Amistad, 12 Years a Slave and The Birth of a Nation (2016) in the Context of Contemporary Racial Tensions in the United States

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Black Agency in Amistad, 12 Years a Slave and The Birth of a Nation (2016) in the Context of Contemporary Racial Tensions in the United States

Type: Master thesis
Title: Black Agency in Amistad, 12 Years a Slave and The Birth of a Nation (2016) in the Context of Contemporary Racial Tensions in the United States
Author: Jagt, Alex van der
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Black Lives Matter
Amistad
12 Years a Slave
The Birth of a Nation
Agency
Race/Racism
Abstract: Racism is one of the main social issues in the United States which manifests itself in widespread unrest such as the LA riots after the acquittal of the officers responsible for savagely beating Rodney King in the late 1990s and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement in the mid 2010s in the United States. Over the course of the last few decades Hollywood has increased its frequency of producing movies which are set in times of slavery. The degree of (relative) agency of the black protagonists in a selection of these movies (Amistad, 12 Years a Slave and The Birth of a Nation (2016)) becomes a method to criticise the persistence of racial injustice in the United States .
Supervisor: Kardux, Dr. J.C.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: North American Studies (Master)
Specialisation: Film/Literature
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52254
 

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