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White GypsiesRace and Stardom in Spanish Musicals$
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Eva Woods Peiró

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816645848

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816645848.001.0001

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Female Spectacle in the Display Case of the Roaring Twenties

Female Spectacle in the Display Case of the Roaring Twenties

(p.65) Chapter 2 Female Spectacle in the Display Case of the Roaring Twenties
White Gypsies

Eva Woods Peiró

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses sexuality, cosmopolitanism, and consumerism that promoted female subjectivity as a complex and fractious combination of acceptable and threatening models of womanhood by enabling women to act out alternative identities that challenged more restrictive feminine roles. It shows how stereotypes of exoticized and idealized women in early narrative films reflected profound societal changes that occurred in the 1920s in Spain, providing spectators with a broadened spectrum of womanhood. Amidst these societal changes, theatre and cinema directors, certain factions of the literati, and the female workforce of the entertainment business participated in a collective invention of their perception of a modernized, cosmopolitan, urban Spanish citizenry, embodying modernity in political, psychosocial, or poetic relationships.

Keywords:   sexuality, cosmopolitanism, consumerism, womanhood, Spanish citizenry

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