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Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography (review)

Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography (review) Book Reviews allows him to develop a rich understanding of the importance of masculine honor codes in maintaining imperial rule. Although scholarship on the empire is moving in the direction of new models of transnationality, it is still important to enrich our understanding of how colonialism worked on the ground in an everyday way, and Patterson's study is an important contribution in this regard. alison fletcher Juniata College Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography. By clifton crais and pamela scully. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2008. 248 pp. $29.95 (cloth); $19.95 (paper). Nearly two hundred years since Sara Baartman's arrival in London to perform as the "Hottentot Venus," she would become embroiled, once again, in controversy. In January of 2010, a store in Johannesburg sold china ornaments replicating the plaster cast of Baartman, molded by nineteenth-century French scientist George Cuvier. The discovery of the ornaments sparked national and international outrage, thus proving how contentious and potent Baartman has become as a symbol of past wrongs reverberated into the present. It is within this climate that a provocative and revealing biography about Baartman is both welcomed and cautiously greeted. Clifton Crais and Pamela http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 22 (2) – Aug 3, 2011

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Book Reviews allows him to develop a rich understanding of the importance of masculine honor codes in maintaining imperial rule. Although scholarship on the empire is moving in the direction of new models of transnationality, it is still important to enrich our understanding of how colonialism worked on the ground in an everyday way, and Patterson's study is an important contribution in this regard. alison fletcher Juniata College Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography. By clifton crais and pamela scully. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2008. 248 pp. $29.95 (cloth); $19.95 (paper). Nearly two hundred years since Sara Baartman's arrival in London to perform as the "Hottentot Venus," she would become embroiled, once again, in controversy. In January of 2010, a store in Johannesburg sold china ornaments replicating the plaster cast of Baartman, molded by nineteenth-century French scientist George Cuvier. The discovery of the ornaments sparked national and international outrage, thus proving how contentious and potent Baartman has become as a symbol of past wrongs reverberated into the present. It is within this climate that a provocative and revealing biography about Baartman is both welcomed and cautiously greeted. Clifton Crais and Pamela

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 3, 2011

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