Idols of Perversity has ratings and 42 reviews. Bram Dijkstra collected this art and put it in a book with the widest margins I have ever seen. He has a lot of. Buy Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siècle Culture Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-siecle Culture New Ed by Bram Dijkstra ( ISBN. Buy Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siecle Culture ( Oxford Paperbacks) by Dijkstra, Bram (September 1, ) Paperback New Ed by.

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This is an ambitious book, one of the most well-researched I’ve encountered, that very methodically lays out the snowball effect dijkdtra stereotypes about women created in fin-de-siecle culture.

A Compact Documentary Life S. The author’s dour and sour commentary on these forgotten masterpieces is ironically effective and adds piquancy to the pictures. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Women were seen as a hindrance to the smooth unfolding of this process, ready at any moment to lure men back to a sham paradise of erotic materiality. Some of the artists like Klimt and Moreau will be familiar, but for every artist you’ve heard of you’ll meet five you won’t recognize.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. My formidably bourgeois grandmother certainly had her say about the diols of pictures as about everything else.

Idols of Perversity – Bram Dijkstra – Oxford University Press

Other editions – View all Idols of Perversity: Jul 06, Marsha Altman rated it it was amazing Shelves: My ultimate fantasy is to be in an art gallery with every single one of these original paintings. The author does not duck the issues in women portrayed as ‘ill’, ‘wounded’; as sirens, as Madonna and whore etc.

From what I can gather, various intellectual circles at the 19th century in continental Europe didn’t care too much for women and used theories from the early eugenics movement to justify for their misogyny.


Circe, Delilah, Judith, Salome, Turandot.

Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siècle Culture by Bram Dijkstra

Back cover copy This is a book filled with the dangerous fantasies of the Beautiful People of a century ago. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Account Options Sign in. Reproducing hundreds of pictures from the period and including in-depth discussions of such key works as Dracula and Venus in Fursthis fascinating book not only exposes the crucial links between misogyny then and now, but also connects it to the racism and anti-semitism that led to catastrophic genocidal delusions in the first half of the twentieth century.

Cubism, Stieglitz and the Early Poetry of William Carlos Williams ; Georgia O’Keeffe and the Eros of Place ; Expressionism in Americabut he is probably best known for two books that have escaped the academic world into the world of popular culture: El trabajo de Dijkstra es soberbio. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. He has a lot of theories, some of them relatively sane but some occasionally crazy, as to why the artists drew women the way that they did.

Bram Dijkstra is a professor of English literature. The Best Books of Jan 17, Karen Lynn added it. The theory claimed that the female of the species could not participate in the great evolutionary process that would guide the intellectual male to his ultimate, predestined role as a disembodied spiritual essence. Other books in this series. Apr 22, K. There are loads of nudes in the text to illustrate the points made irols that adds to the dilemma of being a man and reading this book!

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Lou Charnon-Deutsch – Haven’t read in too long a time for accurate review. An interesting study, although Dijkstra commits the all-too-common scholarly perevrsity of ignoring masses of evidence that don’t fit his thesis. Bram Oc collected this art and put it in a book with the widest margins I have ever seen. These tireless purveyors of culture were also forever delving into the large fund of antifeminine lore to be found in classical mythology and the Bible.

Idols of Perversity

Art, our bramm says, reflects the backlash to the threat perceived. While visual art plays the starring role, literature, philosophy, and scientific theories are each analyzed in turn. Mar 17, J. Is his stock of soft porn really an iconography of misogyny, or just a mirror of desire? Aug 23, Georgina rated it liked it Shelves: Jun 22, Wendy Buonaventura rated it it was amazing.

Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siècle Culture

I find this inspiring. This Side of Evil. Description A provocative and absorbing analysis of the unprecedented eruption of misogyny at the turn of the century in the works of the key artists of the age. I’ve held on to this book for over 20 years.

Aspects of Wagner Bryan Magee. To protect the male’s continued evolution, artists and intellectuals produced a flood of pseudo-scientific tracts, novels, and paintings which warned the world’s males of the evils lying beneath the surface elegance of woman’s tempting skin.