Dialectics of the Banana Skirt: Hundreds of her photographs—dancing or frozen as in a reverie, with melancholic or comically crossed eyes, naked or glamorously clad—illustrate numerous books and writings, which portray, and attempt to explain, the celebrated African American expatriate in Paris. These photographs, paintings, and memorabilia are stored in museums and private collections; they are read and reread by performance and film scholars and those who are simply fascinated or intrigued by her countless personae. However, it is arguable whether she reduced herself to a mere spectacle. I apply this theory for two reasons:
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Jeffrey Archer's nude sculptures are stolen | Daily Mail Online
In picturesque Grantchester, some villagers felt the figure, rather like its disgraced former MP owner, was not quite to their taste. Now after nine years tending his flock, the 6ft nude has fallen prey to thieves. It is feared that together with an acrobatic nude girl, the shepherd and his four woolly charges may be melted down for reuse. A team of scultpure-thieves swooped on Lord Archer's home under cover of darkness, armed with cutting equipment to get through the perimeter fence and access the bronzes - thought to be worth tens of thousands of pounds.