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Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture by Hobson, Janell
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Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture

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In this second edition of the remarkable, and now classic, cultural history of black women's beauty, Venus in the Dark, Janell Hobson explores the enduring figure of the "Hottentot Venus" and the history of critical and artistic responses to her by black women in contemporary photography, film, literature, music, and dance.

In 1810, Sara Baartman was taken from South Africa to Europe, where she was put on display at circuses, salons, 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--refer back to her iconic image. Via a new preface, Hobson argues for the continuing influence of Baartman's legacy, as her image still reverberates through the contemporary marketization of black women's bodies, from popular music and pornography to advertising. A brand new chapter explores how historical echoes from previous eras map onto highly visible bodies in the twenty-first century. It analyzes fetishistic spectacles of the black "booty," with particular emphasis on the role of Beyonc Knowles in the popularization of the "bootylicious" body, and the counter-aesthetic the singer has gone on to advance for black women's bodies and beauty politics.

By studying the imagery of the "Hottentot Venus," from the nineteenth century to now, readers are invited to confront the racial and sexual objectification and embodied resistance that make up a significant part of black women's experience.



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Hobson, Janell
Published: 02/14/2018
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138237629
Pages: 226
Weight: 0.78lbs
Size: 9.21h x 6.14w x 0.53d
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Color: Blue, Purple, White
Size: 20, 24
Material: 100% Polyester
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