Department of English

Dr. Stephane Dunn

Stephanie Dunn

Stephane Dunn
Associate Professor of film and English


Stephane Dunn is an associate professor and Director of the Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies program (CTEMS). She received her MA, MFA, and PhD from the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in film, creative writing, and African American and American cultural and literary studies. She authored the 2008 book, Baad Bitches & Sassy Supermamas: Black Power Action Films (U of Illinois Press), which explores the representation of race, gender, and sexuality as they play out in the Black Power and feminist influenced explosion of black action films in the early 1970s, including, Sweetback Sweetback's Baad Assssss Song, Cleopatra Jones, and Foxy Brown. Her writings about film and black popular culture and history have appeared in several edited books, Ms. magazine, Screening Noir, The Chronicle of Higher Education,, AJC,, and the Best African American Essays (2009) among others. Her plays include You a Baad N***, Titty, Chem Girls, and The Box. She wrote and co-produced the winning first place short film in the 2013 Georgia Lottery- Bronze Lens Film Festival Lights, Camera, Georgia competition. She has received a Napa Valley Writer's Conference Scholarship and a FMS Postdoctoral Mentoring Fellowship. She is currently working on a novel and a short film.

Ph.D. English, University of Notre Dame

M.F.A, Creative Writing, University of Notre Dame

M.A., English, University of Notre Dame

B.A., University of Evansville

Areas of Expertise
Black cultural studies, film, gender, race, literature.

Selected Publications
"The New Black Cultural Studies" in Fire!!! Multimedia Journal of Black Studies (2012)

"Fat, Sass, & Laughs: Big Mama in Drag" in Communicating Marginalized Masculinities (Routledge, forthcoming 2012)

Baad "Bitches" & Sassy Supermamas: Black Action Films. (University of Illinois Press, June 2008).

"Hustle & Flow: Note for a 'Round the Way Girl.'" Bright Lights Film Journal #55. 2007.

"Aftermath: A Book Title and the 'Bad' Word Dilemma." The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar. 14, 2008. Appears in Best African American Essays (Random House 2009)

"When Mega Churchin' Fails",, Sept. 2010

"In Praise of Supermamas." Ms. magazine, Summer 2008

"Foxy Brown on My Mind." In Disco Divas: Women and 1970s Popular Culture. Ed. Sherrie Inness. Pennsylvania: U of Pennsylvania P, 2003.

"'I thought there was no 'real sex' left': D.H. Lawrence and a Vision of Black Female Sexuality." Like a Black and White Kaleidoscope Tossed at Random: Essays on D.H Lawrence's Women in Love. Eds. Jean-Paul Pichardie and Phillipe Romanski. Paris : Université de Rouen, 2001. 59-71.

"Phallic Fantasies: Quentin Tarantino's Baadassss Yearnings." "Blaxploitation Film Movement of the 1970's. " Screening Noir (fall 2005)

“Truth Chappelle Style.”

“Blurry Lines: Truth, Fiction & The Last King of Scotland.”
Nov. 2006.

“Hustle & Flow: Note for a ‘Round the Way Girl.’”  Bright Lights Film Journal #55.  2007.

“Aftermath: A Book Title and the ‘Bad’ Word Dilemma.”  The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar. 14, 2008.

Gland. A play. Stagedreading, SouthwestArtsCenter, August18, 2007.

The Box. A play. 2006 Eugene O’Neill Playwright Conference semi-finalist.

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