Ghosts and Vanishing Indian Women

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:
Ghosts and Vanishing Indian Women

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This chapter discusses the arrival of the Celluloid Maiden in the 1990s, after a hiatus of seventeen years. The figure emerges in a diversity of roles, which include an avenging ghost, a political activist, and a mixed-blood Princess who crosses genres and national film boundaries, and consequentially reveals the complexity of the figure. It shows that the 1990s films used the Celluloid Maiden to promote a racially diverse narrative to a greater extent. The character is also able to reproduce the social ruptures of an era when past national mythic identities and the ideologies of the western become antithetical to the nation's racial and cultural diversity.

Keywords: Celluloid Maiden; 1990s; racially diverse narrative; social ruptures; ideologies; western; racial; cultural; diversity

Chapter.  11191 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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