Melting Whites and Liberated Latinas: Identity, Fate, and Character in Fools Rush in

Paul C. Taylor

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Abstract

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, postsupremacist societies like the late twentieth century US.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEthics at the Cinema
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199869534
ISBN (Print)9780195320398
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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