According to history, sarah baartman was born in 1789 in the gamtoos valley when she was barely in her 20's, she was sold to london by an enterprising scottish doctor named alexander dunlop, accompanied by a showman named hendrik cesars. Sarah baartman - cultural studies 1673 words | 7 pages cultural studies i - sarah baartman and the politics of looking the expropriation and appropriation of sarah baartman by the colonial and capitalist gaze has lasted long enough. Publications have appeared in culture, theory and critique, research in african literatures, the african studies review, the journal of contemporary african studies, third text, the canadian journal of comparative literature, and nottingham french studies.
Saartjie sarah baartman also known as the `hottentot venus' was a famous khokhoi woman exhibited as a freak show attraction in europe during the 19th century born to khoisan family near the. The life and times of sara baartman is the fascinating story of this khoi khoi woman who was taken from south africa, and then exhibited as a freak across britain the image and idea of 'the hottentot venus' swept through british popular culture. I first read about sarah baartman, very casually and in passing, many years ago i didn't know her by her real name rather, i knew her as the 'hottentot venus' not until recently, when i stumbled upon a historic film about her, was i filled with rage about the injustice she suffered in the.
The story of sarah baartman serves as a typical example of how the body of black women have been admired and envied by both sexes in the west sign up to receive updates from face2face africa. Yvette abraham, professor of women and gender studies at the university of the western cape says, we lack academic studies that view sarah baartman as anything other than a symbol her story becomes marginalized, as it is always used to illustrate some other topic. Using historical drawings, cartoons, legal documents, and interviews with noted cultural historians and anthropologists, the life and times of sara baartman deconstructs the social, political, scientific and philosophical assumptions which transformed one young african woman into a representation of savage sexuality and racial inferiority. Illustration of sarah baartman from illutrations histoire naturelle des mammiferes (history of natural studies of mammals) a young jamaican, robert wedderburn , activist against racism and slavery watched those disgusting scenes and decided to act.
Searching for sara baartman there was a lot of work being done in cultural and feminist studies on the significance of the hottentot venus in shaping the images. I showed the life and times of sara baartman in both my visual anthropology course and my introduction to cultural anthropology course (and i'll almost certainly show it in the museum anthropology course i am scheduled to teach in the spring. In the very act of demonstrating the impossibility of knowing sarah baartman, the authors of this remarkable book have restored her humanity this is less a biography than an anti-biography, a searing work of social history that acknowledges the deep silence that surrounds so much of human history. Perhaps it was the attention drawn to donna's fat ass, which replicates the american fascination with black women's behinds as something to be fetishized (see sarah baartman) or, maybe it was my irritation with little rallo being kicked out of kindergarten (already) for being unruly (and sex-crazed.
Nora plesske, otto-von-guericke university of magdeburg, anglophone cultural and literary studies department, post-doc studies thing theory, eighteenth-century literature, and english studies. Sarah baartman is that temptress other, the object that is the bane of conscious european sexuality, while representing the subconscious or unspoken lust of the european gaze. This essay reviews theoretical analyses of sarah baartman, a key figure in scholarly studies of biological determinism and gender difference positioning the insights of sylvia wynter alongside the sculpture sarah baartman by willie bester, a creative and politicized engagement with scientific.
It's 200 years since the death of sarah baartman her terrible treatment remains emblematic of 19th century racism the bible ark black history bible studies. The saartjie baartman's body shape versus the victorian dress: the untold african treasures sussex studies in culture and com- munication sara baartman and. Sara baartman (venus hottentot) was a curvaceous south african teenager lured to europe to perform for audiences in 1810—her genitals and brain posthumously dissected, pickled, and museumized.
Cultural studies i - sarah baartman final internship reflection documents similar to sarah baartman - burial of image theatre and ritual fall 2016 uploaded by. Sara baartman and the hottentot venus: a ghost story and a biography user review - not available - book verdict crais (history, emory univ the politics of evil) and scully (women's studies & african studies, emory univ liberating the family) explore the personal life of sara baartman, a woman taken from. Remembering saartjie baartman a play that is rapidly becoming canonized within theater studies, the story of sarah baartman is the story of the african. October 2, 2017 sanya osha 1 comment on a literary sarah baartman: sanya osha considers the need for intellectual decolonisation in rereading amos tutuola amos tutuola deserves contemplation as a writer independent of the clutches of anthropology, argues sanya osha.