Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France

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Price
$34.95
Publisher
University of Georgia Press
Publish Date
Pages
208
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.53 inches | 0.57 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780820354316

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About the Author

ROBIN MITCHELL is associate professor of history at the California State University, Channel Islands.

Reviews

Based on extensive research in primary sources, nus Noire is a groundbreaking study of how, despite their relatively few numbers in metropolitan France, black women were weighted with powerful symbolic valence. French writers, scientists, and artists all depicted black women as sexualized, mysterious, and uncontrollable "others," thus burdening actual black women with living their lives in tension with these stereotypes. Mitchell brings to life the biographies of three particularly well-documented black women, while deconstructing artistic and literary icons of many more, to show how French discourse produced race and gender from the Revolution and Napoleonic era through the Second Empire. Haunting, breathtaking, and riveting, this book will linger in your mind long after you close its pages.--Sue Peabody "author of Madeleine's Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in France's Indian Ocean Colonies "