Chapter

What Lies Beneath the Surface

M. Elise Marubbio

in Killing the Indian Maiden

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124148
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134710 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124148.003.0004
What Lies Beneath the Surface

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This chapter discusses the figure of the Sexualized Maiden, which appeared in 1940s westerns as a hybrid of the wanton mixed-blood and the femme fatale. The racially based foundation of the Sexualized Maiden is manifested in a fetishistic and phobic fascination that surfaces in visual and verbal rhetoric. Her characteristics, on the other hand, are reflective of the racialized subject in colonial discourse.

Keywords: Sexualized Maiden; 1940s; westerns; hybrid; visual and verbal; rhetoric; colonial discourse

Chapter.  17594 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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