The New Woman and the New Empire: Josephine Baker and Changing Views of Femininity in Interwar France

Stovall, Tyler
November 2007
S&F Online;Fall2007/Spring2008, Vol. 6 Issue 1/2, p8
Academic Journal
This article considers why the women who performer Josephine Baker portrayed never achieved success as romantic leads. This constant failure contrasts strangely not only with Baker's own love life, but also with her prominence as a music hall and movie star, since a key definition of such stardom, especially for women, is romantic success. The article addresses two broader themes that arise when one considers the life and work of Baker. The first is the question of how people conceptualize black Europe and black European studies. The other theme is the relationship between gender, race and colonialism.


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