By T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting

Black Venus is a feminist learn of the representations of black girls within the literary, cultural, and medical mind's eye of nineteenth-century France. using psychoanalysis, feminist movie thought, and the serious race concept articulated within the works of Frantz Fanon and Toni Morrison, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting argues that black girls traditionally invoked either wish and primal worry in French males. by way of inspiring repulsion, charm, and nervousness, they gave upward push within the nineteenth-century French male mind's eye to the primitive narrative of Black Venus.
The e-book opens with an exploration of clinical discourse on black ladies, utilizing Sarah Bartmann, the so-called Hottentot Venus, and normal scientist Georges Cuvier as issues of departure. To additional exhibit how a dead ringer for a savage used to be projected onto the our bodies of black ladies, Sharpley-Whiting strikes into pop culture with an research of an 1814 vaudeville sketch of Bartmann, then shifts onto the terrain of canonical French literature and colonial cinema, exploring the illustration of black girls through Baudelaire, Balzac, Zola, Maupassant, and Loti. After venturing into twentieth-century movie with an research of Josephine Baker’s well known Princesse Tam Tam, the research concludes with a dialogue of ways black Francophone ladies writers and activists countered stereotypical representations of black woman our bodies in this interval. A first-time translation of the vaudeville exhibit The Hottentot Venus, or Hatred of Frenchwomen supplementations this critique of the French male gaze of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Both intellectually rigorous and culturally exciting, this research will entice scholars and students within the fields of 19th- and twentieth-century French literature, feminist and gender stories, black reports, and cultural studies.


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