Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Meyerson, Gregory

Abstract

This paper argues that this simultaneous suppression and invocation of Hughes results from his broad ideological arc— a trajectory that encompasses both nationalist and socialist constellations. This essay aims to relocate the significance and the inconsistencies of this trajectory within the current historical moment as it relates to the movie “Precious,” specifically how it mystifies the systemic nature of poverty through its investments in identity politics.

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