The Queer Career of Jim Crow: Racial and Sexual Transformation in A Florida Enchantment

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This chapter focuses on race and racial sexuality of women as depicted in the comedy A Florida Enchantment. The 1914 film reflects on an increasingly racial segregation, particularly between white and black females. It constructs racism not only by the positioning blacks as the inferior species but also by an inexpressible envy and desire. A Florida Enchantment is an example of how questions of race and sexuality were being negotiated and inscribed in film images and narratives. It also reflect deep cultural anxieties about the slippage of bodies out of their conventional systems of visual representation, both on screen and off.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Feminist Reader in Early Cinema
EditorsJennifer M. Bean, Diane Negra
Place of PublicationDurham, NC
PublisherDuke University Press
ISBN (Print)978-0-8223-3025-7, 978-0-8223-2999-2
StatePublished - 2002

Publication series

Namea Camera Obscura book

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