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"Blood Only Means What You Let It"

Kim Magowan
Film Quarterly
Vol. 57, No. 1 (Fall 2003), pp. 20-31
DOI: 10.1525/fq.2003.57.1.20
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/fq.2003.57.1.20
Page Count: 12

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Topics: Incest, Movies, Taboos, Stars, African Americans, Film criticism, Narratives, Transgression, Racism, Children
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Abstract Kim Magowan: "'Blood Only Means What You Let It': Incest and Miscegenation in John Sayles’s Lone Star." Lone Star revises a Southern cultural narrative in which incest and miscegenation, opposite sex taboos, paradoxically enable each other. By conditioning his audience to link the two taboos and to regard the prohibitions regulating each as arbitrary and subjective, John Sayles not only recuperates miscegenation as a sexual choice, but also provocatively endorses incest.

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