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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Jan 15, Lisa Mason rated it it was amazing. 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.

Bram Dijkstra man-splained this historic and artistic era to me, so now I understand how oppressed women really were. Nov 29, Macie rated it it was amazing. Jun 22, Wendy Buonaventura rated it it was amazing. Feb 22, Jeri Walker rated it really liked it.

Idols of Perversity : Bram Dijkstra :

Back cover copy This is a book filled with the dangerous fantasies of the Beautiful People of a century ago. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. An interesting study, although Dijkstra commits the all-too-common scholarly sin of ignoring masses of evidence that don’t fit his thesis.

Brqm visual art plays the starring role, literature, philosophy, and dijmstra theories are each analyzed in turn. Other books in this series. The evidence may be a bit wobbly in places, but the sheer number of appalling examples is extremely telling.

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

Buy dujkstra book only for the beautiful pictures. Sign in to use this feature. 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.


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

I’m going to go read a shit-ton of positive Pre Raphaelite books now. A quick list of descriptive epithets picked from his pages yields an alphabet soup of conventional images: There are tons of pictures of named women lying around in fields, sleeping in a pile of leaves, which if you are a woman will drive you mad because none of us would ever do that – there are things called bugs and other things not to expose yourself to no more comfortable that flowerbed looks.

Really helped me understand the evolution of the female form in 19th century art. To protect the male’s continued evolution, there came a flood of pseudo-scientific tracts, novels, and paintings in which artists and intellectuals sought to warn the world’s males of the evils lying beneath the surface elegance of woman’s tempting skin.

Academic Skip to main content. 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.

View all 3 comments. 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.


Request removal from index. Perversigy wasn’t convinced by a lot of the examples in this, and there were some things which may have been ignored because they didn’t fit with the theme. I find this inspiring. Artistic Theory in Italy Anthony Blunt.

An Ethics of Fantasy? Amy Newman – – Hypatia 9 4: Also, his conclusions are perversit bit depressing, that the only proper role for a woman is, well, good and wholesome and quite thoroughly boring. The theories in here are interesting enough, and I definitely appreciate the copious illustrations, particularly when Dijkstra is referencing art. Rather than try to connect these ideas to modern culture, however, the author uses them to make the dijkstrz that these dehumanizing ideas established the base for the Nazi regime.

Like Max Nordau’s Degeneration dijksra a century earlier, Dijkstra’s moralistic commentary mostly serves to whet your interest and make the pictures that much more devilishly fascinating.

Sep 30, Nicole pefversity it really liked it. As with anything important, this has changed perversoty way I view part of the world. Sign in Create an account. Mar 28, Kate rated it liked it Shelves: The Islandman Tomas O’Crohan. 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. Well, I as a woman am insulted by what he says about some of my favorite artists ever.

This is a superb and rewarding book.