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Idols of perversity : fantasies of feminine evil in fin-de-siècle culture

Author: Bram Dijkstra. ; Bram Dijkstra
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, [1986] ©1986
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In the years around 1900, an unprecedented attack on women erupted in virtually every aspect of culture: literary, artistic, scientific, and philosophic. Many of the anti-feminine platitudes that today still constrain women's potential were first formulated during this period, as intellectuals of every stripe throughout Europe and America banded together to picture women as static beings whose sole function was  Read more...
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Dijkstra, Bram.
Idols of perversity.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1986
(OCoLC)562749269
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bram Dijkstra. ; Bram Dijkstra
ISBN: 0195037790 9780195037791 0195056523 9780195056525
OCLC Number: 13007381
Description: xi, 453 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Raptures of submission : the shopkeeper's soul keeper and the cult of the household nun --
The cult of invalidism; Ophelia and folly; Dead ladies and the fetish of sleep --
The collapsing woman : solitary vice and restful detumescence --
The weightless woman; the nymph with the broken back; and the mythology of therapeutic rape --
Women of moonlight and wax; the mirror of Venus and the lesbian glass --
Evolution and the brain : extinguished eyes and the call of the child; homosexuality and the dream of male transcendence --
Clinging vines and the dangers of degeneration --
Poison flowers; Maenads of the decadence and the torrid wail of the sirens --
Gynanders and genetics; connoisseurs of bestiality and serpentine delights; Leda, Circe, and the cold caresses of the Sphinx --
Metamorphoses of the vampire; Dracula and his daughters --
gold and the virgin whores of Babylon; Judith and Salome : the priestesses of man's severed head.
Responsibility: Bram Dijkstra.
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Fully illustrated, this volume provides a provocative analysis of the unprecedented eruption of misogyny at the turn of the 20th century in the works of the key artists of the age.  Read more...

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