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Killing the Indian MaidenImages of Native American Women in Film$
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M. Elise Marubbio

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124148

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124148.001.0001

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What Lies Beneath the Surface

What Lies Beneath the Surface

The Sexualized Maiden of the 1940s

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Killing the Indian Maiden

M. Elise Marubbio

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the figure of the Sexualized Maiden, which appeared in 1940s westerns as a hybrid of the wanton mixed-blood and the femme fatale. The racially based foundation of the Sexualized Maiden is manifested in a fetishistic and phobic fascination that surfaces in visual and verbal rhetoric. Her characteristics, on the other hand, are reflective of the racialized subject in colonial discourse.

Keywords:   Sexualized Maiden, 1940s, westerns, hybrid, visual and verbal, rhetoric, colonial discourse

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