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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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Racing for Modernity: From Black Jazz to White Gypsy Folklore

Racing for Modernity: From Black Jazz to White Gypsy Folklore

(p.101) Chapter 3 Racing for Modernity: From Black Jazz to White Gypsy Folklore
White Gypsies

Eva Woods Peiró

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the progressive whitening and nationalizing of Spanish stardom, and its conception of a predominantly Andalusian, Gypsified subjectivity through the death of Afro-Cuban jazz entertainer Peter Wald. Wald’s death is movingly told through Benito Perojo’s El negro que tenia el alma blanca (The black man with the white soul), which features cosmopolitan performers, objects, and scenarios that affected the national culture, potentializing the imaginations and polluting cultural purity. An analysis of the context, characterization, and registers of meaning in El negro illustrates how Spanish stars became progressively whitened, even though they went on to perform in Andalusian-based entertainment.

Keywords:   Spanish stardom, whitening, Gypsified subjectivity, Peter Wald, Benito Perojo, El negro, cultural purity, Andalusian-based entertainment

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