Bishop-Sánchez, Kathryn. Creating Carmen Miranda: Race, Camp, and Transnational Stardom. Vanderbilt UP, 2016.

  • Alessandra Santos University of British Columbia


In this volume, Kathryn Bishop-Sánchez has accomplished the challenging but rewarding task of analyzing one of the twentieth century’s most popular culture icons. This is a real feat, given Carmen Miranda’s place in the popular imaginary. Bishop-Sánchez tackles this task brilliantly through the lens of Miranda as a cultural sign, providing a rigorous study of how the latter has served as a constructed and embodied media icon.