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Representation and Black Womanhood : The Legacy of Sarah Baartman

By: Gordon-Chipembere, Natasha.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011Description: 1 online resource (221 p.).ISBN: 9780230339262.Subject(s): Baartman, Sarah -- Influence | Baartman, Sarah | Racism in museum exhibits | Women, Black -- Race identity | Women, Black, in art | Women, Khoikhoi -- BiographyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Representation and Black Womanhood : The Legacy of Sarah BaartmanDDC classification: 305.48896 LOC classification: DT1768.K56 B37 2011Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Halftitle; Title; Contents; Acknowledgments; Prelude: "I've come to take you home"by Diana Ferrus; Introduction: Claiming Sarah Baartman,a Legacy to Grasp 1Natasha Gordon-Chipembere; Part One: The Archive: Disruptingthe Colonial Narrative; Part Two: Troubling the "Truth":Corporeal Representations; Notes on Contributors; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Sarah Baartman''s iconic status as the "Hottentot Venus" - as "victimized" African woman, "Mother" of the new South Africa, and ancestral spirit to countless women of the African Diaspora - has led to an outpouring of essays, biographies, films, interviews, art installations, and centers, comprising a virtual archive that seeks to find some meaning in her persona. Yet even those with the best intentions, fighting to give Baartman agency, a voice, a personhood, continue to service the general narratives of European documentation of her life without asking "What if we looked at Baartman through another lens?" This collection is the first of its kind to offer a space for international scholars, cultural activists, and visual artists to examine the legacy of Baartman''s life anew, specifically finding an alternative Africanist rendering of a person whose life has left a profound impact on the ways in which Black women are displayed and represented the world over.
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Cover; Halftitle; Title; Contents; Acknowledgments; Prelude: "I've come to take you home"by Diana Ferrus; Introduction: Claiming Sarah Baartman,a Legacy to Grasp 1Natasha Gordon-Chipembere; Part One: The Archive: Disruptingthe Colonial Narrative; Part Two: Troubling the "Truth":Corporeal Representations; Notes on Contributors; Bibliography; Index

Sarah Baartman''s iconic status as the "Hottentot Venus" - as "victimized" African woman, "Mother" of the new South Africa, and ancestral spirit to countless women of the African Diaspora - has led to an outpouring of essays, biographies, films, interviews, art installations, and centers, comprising a virtual archive that seeks to find some meaning in her persona. Yet even those with the best intentions, fighting to give Baartman agency, a voice, a personhood, continue to service the general narratives of European documentation of her life without asking "What if we looked at Baartman through another lens?" This collection is the first of its kind to offer a space for international scholars, cultural activists, and visual artists to examine the legacy of Baartman''s life anew, specifically finding an alternative Africanist rendering of a person whose life has left a profound impact on the ways in which Black women are displayed and represented the world over.

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Natasha Gordon-Chipembere is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York.

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