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Q&A Sheet 5: The Arabian Nights and Shadow Spinner The second epigraph to Madison’s “ Pretty Woman through the Triple Lens of Black Feminist Spectatorship” is a quote by Valerie Smith: Black women are employed, if not sacrificed, to humanize their white superordinates, to teach them something about the content of their own subject positions. What does Smith mean? [“superordinate” is the antonym of “subordinate”] Find a quotation from “Esoteric Pornography” where Colligan makes a similar argument: Find an excerpt where this point is enacted in Burton’s Arabian Nights . In Madison’s discussion of “happily ever after” she claims that: “Vivian can only be a pretty woman because she is white; she can only be a pretty woman because of the benefit of class; she can only be a pretty woman because she is desired by a rich, white male. So, the film moves to the opulence of Edward’s Beverly Hills suite where our heroine, Vivian, the clean, safe, drug-free, happy hooker, will be transformed into a princess by her prince, never to return to the world of
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