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Cultural Appropriation for Mainstream Consumption: The Musical Adaptation of Dessa Rose


Analyzing Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 2005 musical adaptation of Sherley Anne Williams’s Dessa Rose, this essay suggests that mainstream consumption of black cultural expression is substituted for meaningful social change, highlighting the musical’s investment in a colour-blind ideology that reproduces the very erasures against which Williams wrote.