Imagined Voodoo: Terror, Sex, and Racism in American Popular Culture
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CitationMcGee, Adam Michael. 2014. Imagined Voodoo: Terror, Sex, and Racism in American Popular Culture. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
AbstractI analyze the historical and cultural processes by which American racism is reproduced, approaching the issue through the lens of "imagined voodoo" (as distinct from Haitian Vodou). I posit that the American Marine occupation of Haiti (1915-34) was crucial in shaping the American racial imaginary. In film, television, and literature, imagined voodoo continues to serve as an outlet for white racist anxieties. Because it is usually found in low-brow entertainment (like horror) and rarely mentions race explicitly, voodoo is able to evade critique, disseminating racism within a culture that is now largely--albeit superficially--intolerant of overt racism.
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