Evil Sisters: The Threat of Female Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Culture

Evil Sisters: The Threat of Female Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Culture

by Bram Dijkstra
     
 

Bram Dijkstra begins this analysis with the 1915 silent film A Fool There Was, in which Theda Bara first embodied our century's vision of the Vamp--kohl-eyed and predatory, seducing respectable men and destroying them with her voracious appetite. Dijkstra makes clear that this wasn't just a vision conjured up by a misogynistic artist but was a point of view…  See more details below

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Bram Dijkstra begins this analysis with the 1915 silent film A Fool There Was, in which Theda Bara first embodied our century's vision of the Vamp--kohl-eyed and predatory, seducing respectable men and destroying them with her voracious appetite. Dijkstra makes clear that this wasn't just a vision conjured up by a misogynistic artist but was a point of view shared by turn-of-the-century biologists, gynecologists, psychologists, geneticists, and sociologists, all of whom promoted distorted ideas of gender, sex, and race. Dijkstra goes on to show how these distortions are reflected in painting; in popular and literary fiction, from Bram Stoker's Dracula to the novels of Conrad, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner; and in such femmes fatales of the cinema as Louise Brooks, Garbo, and Dietrich.

Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
Dijkstra ranges widely and authoritatively through the vast literature that wrestles with the nature of modernity and its implications for sexual relations. -- Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, The Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805055498
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.29(d)

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