TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

Chapter One
RE-PRESENTING THE BLACK FEMALE BODY: AN INTRODUCTION

Chapter Two
VENUS AND THE HOTTENTOT: THE EMERGENCE OF AN ICON

Chapter Three
THE HOTTENTOT VENUS REVISITED: THE POLITICS OF RECLAMATION

Chapter Four
THE "BATTY" POLITIC: TOWARD AN AESTHETIC OF THE BLACK FEMALE BODY

Chapter Five
MIRROR, MIRROR: FRAMING THE BLACK FEMALE BODY FOR STILL AND MOTION PICTURES

Epilogue

 



19th-century painting of Sara Baartman, the Hottentot Venus
Related Sites on the "Hottentot Venus."
"La Venus Hottentote. Sara, a woman of the Hottentot race, 25 years old, observed, drawn and painted in the Natural History Museum in March, 1815." 42 X 29.7 cm. Engraved by Louis-Jean Allais from the painting by J. B. Berre. (Courtesy of the collection of the Musee de l'Homme, Paris.)
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