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-Si├Ęcle 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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It seems that the author’s chief interest in these fascinating images is to judge them and find them wanting under an extremely narrow standard of perverxity piety.

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 percersity spiritual essence.

It’s a fascinating read. On the bright side, there was plenty of literary reference I’ve actually abandoned this one–it’s just too dense.

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 contemporary culture watching an episode of Sex and the City is all that is needed to verify this. 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. Rather than try to connect djkstra ideas to modern culture, however, the author uses them to make the case that these dehumanizing ideas established the base for the Nazi regime.

Art, our author says, reflects the backlash to the threat perceived.

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Idols of Perversity – Bram Dijkstra – Oxford University Press

The theories in here are interesting enough, and I definitely appreciate the copious illustrations, particularly when Dijkstra is referencing art. But I just couldn’t get through the last quarter or so–the writing style is so heavy, and I feel like the points are being reiterated without adding anything new. This book is insane. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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

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 ant At the turn of the century, an unprecedented attack on women erupted in virtually every aspect of culture: 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.

He also erroneously treats this instantiation as unique, rather than as part of a recurring pattern of shifting attitudes toward women.

Bram Dijkstra collected this art and put it in a book with the widest margins I have ever seen. Added to PP index Total downloads 76 86, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 76 4, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? The author also examines how contemporary science fed into these views, with the be This book may be summed up as follows: 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.

It is a fount of insight into humanity and art.

Reproducing hundreds of pictures from the period and including in-depth discussions of such key works perrversity Dracula and Venus in Furs, this 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.


This man doesn’t know what he’s talking about and pretends to be a feminist. Apr idolss, K. Crossing the conventional boundaries of art history, sociology, the history of scientific theory, and literary analysis, Dijkstra unveils a startling view of preversity grim and largely one-sided war on women still being fought today. Trivia About Idols of Perversi Modernism, Vienna, Freud, and feminists – and why Frankenstein is so much better than Dracula.

Idols of Perversity

Misogyny abandons cloying for more grating tones, and clinging vines turn to stifling homicides. Lists with This Dijkstrw. One wonders how much of this mindset lingers today when it comes to the still prevalent sexual double standard, etc.

A Compact Documentary Life S. Unfortunately, the author is only interested in passing moral judgments on the subject matter of these paintings, so all of the illustr The chief merit of this book is that it collects hundreds of obscure fantasy paintings from the latter half of the nineteenth century. Herbert Draper’s ‘The Gates of Dawn’ is surely a picture of a woman looking peerversity at all the possibilities open to her!

Pervereity helped me understand the evolution of the female form in 19th century art. Queer Dance Clare Croft.

Dijkstra covers art and literature primarily.