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Author Mitchell, Robin, 1962-
Title Vénus noire : black women and colonial fantasies in nineteenth-century France / Robin Mitchell.
Imprint Athens, GA : The University of Georgia Press, [2020]

Author Mitchell, Robin, 1962-
Series Race in the Atlantic world, 1700-1900
Race in the Atlantic world, 1700-1900.
Subject Baartman, Sarah.
Duras, Claire de Durfort, duchesse de, 1777-1828. Ourika.
Duval, Jeanne -- In literature.
Women, Black -- France -- Public opinion.
Women, Black, in literature.
Women, Black, in popular culture -- France.
Stereotypes (Social psychology) -- France -- History.
African diaspora.
Racism -- France -- History.
Sexism -- France -- History.
France -- Race relations -- History.
Electronic books.
Add Title Black women and colonial fantasies in nineteenth-century France
Description 1 online resource (xix, 183 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Black women in the French imaginary -- The tale of three women: the biographies -- Entering darkness: colonial anxieties and the cultural production of Sarah Baartmann -- Ourika mania: cultural consumption of (dis)remembered blackness -- Jeanne Duval: site of memory -- Conclusion: Vénus noire.
Summary "Even though there were relatively few people of color in postrevolutionary France, images of and discussions about black women in particular appeared repeatedly in a variety of French cultural sectors and social milieus. In Vénus Noire, Robin Mitchell shows how these literary and visual depictions of black women helped to shape the country's postrevolutionary national identity, particularly in response to the trauma of the French defeat in the Haitian Revolution. Vénus Noire explores the ramifications of this defeat in examining visual and literary representations of three black women who achieved fame in the years that followed. Sarah Baartmann, popularly known as the Hottentot Venus, represented distorted memories of Haiti in the French imagination, and Mitchell shows how her display, treatment, and representation embodied residual anger harbored by the French. Ourika, a young Senegalese girl brought to live in France by the Maréchal Prince de Beauvau, inspired plays, poems, and clothing and jewelry fads, and Mitchell examines how the French appropriated black female identity through these representations while at the same time perpetuating stereotypes of the hypersexual black woman. Finally, Mitchell shows how demonization of Jeanne Duval, longtime lover of the poet Charles Baudelaire, expressed France's need to rid itself of black bodies even as images and discourses about these bodies proliferated. The stories of these women, carefully contextualized by Mitchell and put into dialogue with one another, reveal a blind spot about race in French national identity that persists in the postcolonial present."--Provided by publisher.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 17, 2020).
ISBN 9780820354330 (electronic book)
0820354333 (electronic book)
9780820354323 (hardcover)
0820354325 (hardcover)
9780820354316 (paperback)
0820354317 (paperback)
OCLC # 1137536157
Additional Format Print version: Mitchell, Robin, 1962- Vénus noire. Athens, GA : The University of Georgia Press, [2018] 9780820354323 (DLC) 2018027405 (OCoLC)1047525793



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