Free Love and Violence

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:
Free Love and Violence

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This chapter discusses the manipulation of familiar stereotypes that are connected with both the Celluloid Princess and the Sexualized Maiden. The hybrid Celluloid Maiden of the 1970s emerges as a symbolically modified offspring of the previous Princess figures. It is also presented as a beautiful and sexually uninhibited woman who woos her husband further into “savagery” and the wilderness. Although her sexuality is her filmic cachet, it often accentuates negative racial stereotypes about Native American women's sexuality.

Keywords: manipulation; stereotypes; Celluloid Princess; Sexualized Maiden; hybrid; 1970s; sexuality; negative racial stereotypes

Chapter.  11278 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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