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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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One of the most mind-blowing treatises on women in society and culture I have ever read.

A fascinating book, well researched and food for thought. But he does have interesting things to say about the art, much of which is fascinating and beautiful. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It’s a fascinating read. Poor little old me, walking around with this bothersome uterus that prevents me from learning and perceiving on my own. It’s not perfect; the author sometimes overreaches, gets repetitive I never want to read the phrase “nymph with a broken back” againand occasionally goes on tangents that made no sense at all to me in the context of the book.

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. Want to Read saving…. Often fascinating analysis of depictions of women as symbolic of evil, real and metaphorical.

I think I read this book about 25 years ago. Bram Dijkstra man-splained this historic and artistic era to me, so now I understand how oppressed women really were. Also, his conclusions are a bit depressing, that the only proper role for a woman is, well, good and wholesome and quite thoroughly boring.

The illustrations are fantastic and many never seen before – by me at least – but of course, I shouldn’t be interested as the text tells me of the ‘wrongness’ of voyeuristic practices.


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

So must other women have done, accepting, perhaps enjoying, pictures Dijkstra denounces as perverse. Contents the Shopkeepers Soul Keeper and.

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 and unindividuated beings whose sole function was sexual and reproductive.

And after reading Foucault’s History of Madness, that’s saying something. How nightmarish painters’ dreams of infantile flesh could ultimately become is graphically demonstrated in Leon Frederic’s monumental triptych ‘The Stream’, in which this artist, ostensibly to illustrate Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ symphony, created with insane literalness the ultimate representation of the familiar equation between water, women, and the world of the child in a carnal orgy of infant flesh.

Victorian men had some downright strange ideas about female sexuality. Added to PP index Total downloads 76 86, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months dimkstra 4, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? The permutations of masculine paranoia are mirrored in the image of their prey. This is one of my most favorite books in the world ever. Choose your country or region Close. Jan 15, Lisa Mason rated it it was amazing. Hey Bram, get out there and rotate my tires, would ya? Want to Read Perverxity Reading Read.

Diasporic Modernisms Allison Schachter. I had to read this in pieces because I got so angry about how women were portrayed, and about how those Victorian-era ideas became archetypes in perverslty culture watching an episode of Sex and the City is all that is needed to verify this.

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The author does not duck the issues in women portrayed as ‘ill’, very interesting read for a man. Unfortunately, the author is only interested in passing moral judgments on the subject matter of these paintings, so all of the illustrations are black and white.


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.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Dec 25, Nicole rated it liked it. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Agnieszka Kot – – Estetyka I Krytyka History of Western Philosophy. A friend of mine found this in the remainder stack and got it realy cheap and sent it to me We both love the Pr-Raphaelites.

I’ll work through this confusion for me in my 6th decade, and look to change my practice, but still recommend this highly for those who want a thinking book on the subject of female nudes in art.

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

Circe, Delilah, Judith, Salome, Turandot. A survey of misogyny in late-Victorian art.

Then they made a lot of art, some of now surprisingly popular classic art. Depicted in art and literature as either virginal ‘angels’, synonymous with purity, or as lustful nymphs, viragos, maenads, and vampires – women were anything except human beings it seems.

For women too were stalwart gallery-goers, women too feasted their eyes on acres of flesh, on scenes of bondage or of carnage whose every new purveyor felt honor bound to raise the body-count, on broken-backed nymphs inviting assault, and sweet indolent figures suggestive of gentle self-abuse, alluring exhaustion, or graceful listlessness.

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