Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-Religiosity
- Author: Montré Aza Missouri
- Year: 2015
- Publisher: Springer
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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. 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.