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Ethics at the Cinema$
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Ward E. Jones and Samantha Vice

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320398

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320398.001.0001

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Melting Whites and Liberated Latinas

Melting Whites and Liberated Latinas

Identity, Fate, and Character in Fools Rush in

(p.136) 6 Melting Whites and Liberated Latinas
Ethics at the Cinema

Paul C. Taylor

Oxford University Press

In the 1997 film, Fools Rush In, a young Chicana (Selma Hayek) marries, divorces, and remarries a young Anglo businessman (Matthew Perry). The film uses this narrative, and the devices that the genre of remarriage comedy makes available, to explore questions about the ethical project of self-creation. ‘Melting Whites and Liberated Latinas’ provides a reading of the film that identifies and contemplates its interest in these questions. Developing ideas from Emerson, Stanley Cavell, John Dewey, and Ralph Ellison, the essay places special emphasis on the burdens of self-creation in heterogeneous, post-supremacist societies like the late twentieth century US.

Keywords:   Fools Rush In, identity, moral perfectionism, race, ethnicity, whiteness, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Stanley Cavell, Ralph Ellison, remarriage, Selma Hayek

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