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Master of Arts (MA)
Takagi, Midori, 1962-
This thesis examines pre-classical and transitional cinema’s boxing films from 1893-1915 alongside the arc of World Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson’s career, a career that was oftentimes captured on film. My aim is to demonstrate ways in which cinema was used by white filmmakers to perpetuate and reproduce a sense of visual knowing on behalf of audiences regarding a racial hierarchy on cinema screens and perpetuate the myth of white masculine superiority over African Americans through the visuals of male bodies in the boxing ring. With this thesis, I hope to expand critical understandings of white mythmaking in cinema that preceded the release of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation in 1915.
World Heavyweight Champion, boxing, prizefighting, prizefights, white hope, color line, cinema, Thomas Edison, D.W. Griffith, Birth of a Nation
Western Washington University
Subjects – Names (LCNAF)
Johnson, Jack, 1878-1946; Jeffries, James J., 1875-1953
Subject – LCSH
Boxing films--United States--History and criticism; Racism--United States--History and criticism; African American boxers--History and criticism; African Americans in motion pictures
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Carter, Siobhan Marie Chaney, "Projecting a white savior, the body, and policy: pre-classical and transitional cinema's boxing films in the United States 1893-1915" (2019). WWU Graduate School Collection. 911.