Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-Religiosity

Cover for Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-Religiosity
  • Year: 2015
  • Publisher: Springer

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. Montré Aza Missouri explores the journey of the 'mulatto' from 'tragic' to 'empowered' through the character's adherence to Yoruba-Atlantic religions such as Cuban Lucumí, Puerto Rican Santería and American Voodoo. From this religious transformation, the 'tragic mulatto' becomes the Black Magic Woman, a signifier of a New World cultural identity.

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