Black venus 2010: They called her "hottentot"

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As a young South African woman of about twenty, Saartjie Baartman, the so-called "Hottentot Venus," was brought to London and placed on exhibit in 1810. Clad in the Victorian equivalent of a body stocking, and paraded through the streets and on stage in a cage she became a human spectacle in London and Paris. Baartman's distinctive physique became the object of ridicule, curiosity, scientific inquiry, and desire until and after her premature death. The figure of Sarah Baartman was reduced to her sexual parts. Black Venus 2010 traces Baartman's memory in our collective histories, as well as her symbolic history in the construction and identity of black women as artists, performers, and icons. The wide-ranging essays, poems, and images in Black Venus 2010 represent some of the most compelling responses to Baartman. Each one grapples with the enduring legacy of this young African woman who forever remains a touchstone for black women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTemple University Press
Number of pages238
ISBN (Print)9781439902042
StatePublished - 2010

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Black venus 2010 : They called her "hottentot". / Willis, Deborah.

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Willis D. Black venus 2010: They called her "hottentot". Temple University Press, 2010. 238 p.
Willis, Deborah. / Black venus 2010 : They called her "hottentot". Temple University Press, 2010. 238 p.
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