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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The chief merit of this book is that it collects hundreds of obscure fantasy paintings from the latter half of the nineteenth century. Socrates as Nietzsche’s Decadent in Twilight of the Idols. Apr 22, K. Just a moment while we perversiyy you in to your Goodreads account. From inside the book.

Oxford University Perveersity- Literary Criticism – pages. 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 Cultural Construction of the Other.

Request removal from index. Preview — Idols of Perversity by Bram Dijkstra. This is an ambitious book, one of the most well-researched I’ve encountered, that very methodically lays out the snowball effect that stereotypes about women created in fin-de-siecle culture.

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

Copyright Los Angeles Times. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This article has no associated abstract. Throughout Europe and America, artists and intellectuals banded together to portray women as static and unindividuated beings who functioned solely in a sexual and reproductive capacity, thus formulating many of the anti-feminine platitudes that today still constrain women’s potential.


His draftsmen ransack literature and history for affecting instances of women dying or still better dead, sleeping beauties that stir necrophiliac fancies and male fantasies of conquest without battle. 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.

Often fascinating analysis of perversiyt of women as symbolic of evil, real and metaphorical. Victorian men had some downright strange ideas about female sexuality. Trivia About Idols of Perversi They adore Ophelia, precariously poised over a watery grave or chastely floating in it; or helpless, hopeless ladies in bad straits and Liberty dresses.

Hands-down this my favorite art-history book. 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 dijktsra escaped the academic world into the world of popular culture: Has a more gossipy than dry academic tone, yet it’s carefully documented, and presents a compelling thesis. Aug 11, Gayle Noble rated it liked it Shelves: The overall thesis of Idols of Perversity is deadly serious, and its relevance kf the world we live in is enormous’ Review of English Studies show more.

The permutations of masculine paranoia are mirrored in the image of their prey. Books by Bram Dijkstra. I was horrified and intrigued all at the same time.


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

They sketch the temptress in the throes of nature: On the bright side, there was plenty of literary reference I’ve actually abandoned this one–it’s just too dense. Mary Bittner Wiseman – – Hypatia 8 3: He also erroneously treats this instantiation as unique, rather than as part of dijksyra recurring pattern of shifting attitudes toward women. Dijkstra covers art and literature primarily. Dijkstra’s artists limn the pallid languishers, the lily-fingered consumptives subsisting on air and moonlight, sublimely emaciated, their hollow cheeks and chlorotic mien an ultimate icon of virtue.

Historical and Contemporary Readings. Agnieszka Kot – – Estetyka I Krytyka 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. Paul Formosa – – Philosophical Forum 38 3: Science Logic and Mathematics. Cohen and Krysten Connon.

The author also examines how contemporary science fed into these views, with the be This book may be summed up as follows: Dec 10, Meg marked it as to-read-gender Shelves: