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Women of Blaxploitation: How the Black Action Film Heroine Changed American Popular Culture Paperback – September 11, 2006

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The cliche is all books are a labor of love and they are.  After three very long, I was happy to see its completion.  There are a number books on blaxploitation now and that is great.  Certainly, there are far more then when Women of Blaxploitation was published and it is nice to see a "renaissance" of sorts on the genre.  This was my first book and remains dear.  The current manuscript is also dear because it is my last book. I will continue to write in shorter formats, but do not intend to write another book.  I always thought three would complete the circle, but two seems to be the number.

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Yvonne D. Sims is an assistant professor of English at South Carolina State University.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers (September 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786427442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786427444
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Women of Blaxpolitation is an important treatise into an often overlooked topic in film studies and broader cultural studies. Exploitation cinema was a major force in 1970's culture that yields its influence on modern film and popular culture in movies like Quentin Tarrantino's Death Proof and thousands of B-grade films produced on the independent front. Too often people assume that women in these films were simply eye candy or lambs to the slaughter but in reality power exudes from many of these women . . . super heroes of the feminine upheaval that came with the women's liberation movement. It is refreshing to see a book on this subject exploring the power to transfrom that these women had written by a female scholar, rather than the male perspective. This is a thoughtful book worth adding to your library.
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one of the kind of books that is so long overdue. the soul sisters featured in this book were more charlie's angels than what tv was putting out now and even till this day. this book deals with the racial aingle which hollywood still has today especially when it comes to african american female leads. i never understood why a term like Blaxploitation was coined when hollywwod then and still to this day isn't nearly properly balanced on the big screen.

very well put together book and a must read on so many levels.
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Women of Blaxpolitation illuminates the role of African American women in film from a historical perspective while exploring the evolution of the modern heroine from these roots. The work is insightful and flows in a serious, but engaging way. This book led me to a deeper understanding of the feminine character in modern film and the cultural pathways forged by strong, admirable women.
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I have had the personal pleasure of meeting the lovely Ms. Pam Grier who's on the cover of this well written book. My only criticism is that it's not hard cover.. By the way I would like to add I'm a avid collector on all things Pam Grier.
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