Title

The Persisting Prevalence of White Hegemony in Representation of Black Women

Date

5-28-2015 9:25 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 9:35 AM

Location

Hamersly Library (HL) 107

Department

English, Writing and Linguistics

Session Chair

Thomas Rand

Session Title

English: Linguistics, Literature, Writing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Chistine Harvey-Horning

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This paper takes into account the troubled history of race relations in the United States, focusing on black-white relations, and looks at the particular hegemony of white lifestyle and characteristics and its standards of beauty and representation in the media. From Janie Crawford in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) to Tiana in Disney’s contemporary adaptation of The Princess and the Frog, the paper analyzes how white standards of beauty are still applied to the representation of black women today, and that representation hasn’t improved much at all.

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May 28th, 9:25 AM May 28th, 9:35 AM

The Persisting Prevalence of White Hegemony in Representation of Black Women

Hamersly Library (HL) 107

This paper takes into account the troubled history of race relations in the United States, focusing on black-white relations, and looks at the particular hegemony of white lifestyle and characteristics and its standards of beauty and representation in the media. From Janie Crawford in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) to Tiana in Disney’s contemporary adaptation of The Princess and the Frog, the paper analyzes how white standards of beauty are still applied to the representation of black women today, and that representation hasn’t improved much at all.