Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film

Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film

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Contributing to emerging scholarship on representations of race, gender, sexuality and religion in film and media, Black Magic Woman focuses on the 'tragic mulatto' stereotype that is conventionally portrayed as a character tormented by issues of racial and cultural ambiguity. MontrAc Aza Missouri explores the journey of the 'mulatto' from 'tragic' to 'empowered' through the character's adherence to Yoruba-Atlantic religions such as Cuban LucumAs, Puerto Rican SanterAsa and American Voodoo. From this religious transformation, the 'tragic mulatto' becomes the Black Magic Woman, a signifier of a New World cultural identity.The film ends with a music video sequence as we see, for the first time, Lisette and Chino with their children together, ... However, stereotypical notions constructed in the 1961 film adaption of West Side Story generally fill this gap in referenceanbsp;...

Title:Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film
Author:Montré Aza Missouri
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015-07-17


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