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The Angel and The Deviant: Racialized Representations of Womanhood in Newsies

The virginal, well-educated white chick. The sassy, promiscuous black woman. Oh boy. I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry while I watched these hackneyed tropes play out on the musical stage through the characters of Katherine (Plumber) Pullitzer and Medda Larkin in the 2017 Disney version of the Broadway show, Newsies, written by…

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