Black Venus 2010: They Called Her "Hottentot" by Deborah Willis

By Deborah Willis

As a tender South African lady of approximately twenty, Saartjie Baartman, the so-called "Hottentot Venus," was once delivered to London and put on convey in 1810. Clad within the Victorian identical of a physique stocking, and paraded during the streets and on degree in a cage she grew to become a human spectacle in London and Paris. Baartman's targeted body turned the article of ridicule, interest, clinical inquiry, and hope till and after her untimely dying. The determine of Sarah Baartman used to be lowered to her sexual elements. Black Venus 2010 lines Baartman's reminiscence in our collective histories, in addition to her symbolic historical past within the development and identification of black girls as artists, performers, and icons. The wide-ranging essays, poems, and pictures in Black Venus 2010 signify essentially the most compelling responses to Baartman. each grapples with the long-lasting legacy of this younger African lady who without end is still a touchstone for black ladies. individuals contain: Elizabeth Alexander, Holly Bass, Petrushka A Bazin, William Jelani Cobb, Lisa Gail Collins, Renee Cox, J. Yolande Daniels, Carole Boyce Davies, Leon de Wailly, Manthia Diawara, Diana Ferrus, Cheryl Finley, Nikky Finney, Kianga K.
Ford, Terri Francis, Sander Gilman, Renee eco-friendly, pleasure Gregory, Lyle Ashton Harris, Michael D. Harris, Linda Susan Jackson, Kellie Jones, Roshini Kempadoo, Simone Leigh, Zine Magubane, E. Ethelbert Miller, Robin Mitchell, Charmaine Nelson, Tracey Rose, Radcliffe Roye, Bernadette Searle, Lorna Simpson, Debra S. Singer, Penny Siopis, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, Michele Wallace, Carla Williams, Carrie Mae Weems, J. T. Zealy, and the editor.

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