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Hellhound on my trail: Crossroads and the Racist Ravishment

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Abstract:

This article analyses the ideological implications of Faustian figurations in Crossroads (1986) in the context of other post-World War Two American films featuring a musical demonic compact and the blackface economy within American culture. The essay demonstrates that the film's narrative of a white Julliard musician's transgressive desire to play the blues transposes the minstrel form and the longstanding racial bias within Faustian discourses.

Keywords: African American; Faust; blues; minstrelsy; whiteness

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/ejac.20.3.164

Affiliations: Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles.

Publication date: 2002-11-01

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