Baartman and the Private: How Can We Look at a Figure that Has Been Looked at Too Much?
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The burial of Sara Baartman’s remains on August 9, 2002 in Hankey in the Eastern Cape, near where she was born, was a signal event in South African and world history. The story of Baartman’s life has often been recounted, yet below I consider a little discussed aspect of the negotiations over the return of her remains from France and propose a theory of the private based on an analysis of Baartman’s life and her contemporary meanings.
KeywordsBlack Woman African American Woman African History Female Slave Contemporary Meaning
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