The Use-Value of 'Josephine Baker'

McCarren, Felicia
November 2007
S&F Online;Fall2007/Spring2008, Vol. 6 Issue 1/2, p13
Academic Journal
This article explores the images of performer Josephine Baker. In both the U.S. and France, the image of Baker endures: from a bronze simply entitled Joséphine in a small regional museum to her invisible yet omnipresent image in the Princesse Tam-Tam lingerie boutiques across France. Still images capturing Baker remain problematic; while they often appear to glorify her beauty and talent, they also fix her image rather than as a producer of multiple, variant, mobile images, capable of using the medium to transform herself and transcend national, racial and social boundaries.


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