Venus in the Dark Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture

ISBN-10: 041597402X

ISBN-13: 9780415974028

Edition: 2005

Authors: Janell Hobson

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Western culture has long been fascinated by black women, but a history of enslavement and colonial conquest has variously labeled black women's bodies as "exotic" and "grotesque." In this remarkable cultural history of black female beauty, Janell Hobson explores the enduring figure of the "Hottentot Venus." In 1810, Saartjie Baartman was taken from South Africa to Europe, where she was put on display at circuses, salons, and museums and universities as the "Hottentot Venus." The subsequent legacy of representations of black women's sexuality--from Josephine Baker to Serena Williams to hip-hop and dancehall videos--continues to refer back to this persistent icon. This book analyzes the history of critical and artistic responses to this iconography by black women in contemporary photography, film, literature, music, and dance.
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Re-presenting the Black Female Body: An Introduction
Venus and the Hottentot: Toward an Iconography of Black Female Sexuality
The Hottentot Venus Revisited: the Politics of Reclamation
The "Batty" Politic: Toward an Aesthetic of the Black Female Body
Mirror, Mirror: Framing the Black Female Body for Still and Motion Pictures
Epilogue
Notes
Index
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