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Sisters of Salome

Bentley, Toni

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ISBN 10: 0300090390 / ISBN 13: 9780300090390
Published by Yale University Press
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Title: Sisters of Salome

Publisher: Yale University Press

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As the 19th century gave way to the 20th, a short-lived but extraordinary cultural phenomenon spread throughout Europe and the United States - "Salomania". The term was coined when biblical bad girl Salome was resurrected from the Old Testament and reborn on the modern stage in Oscar Wilde's 1893 play "Salome" and in Richard Strauss's 1905 opera based on it. Salome quickly came to embody the turn-of-the-century concept of the "femme fatale". She and the striptease Wilde created for her, "The Dance of the Seven Veils", soon captivated the popular imagination in performances on stages high and low, from the Metropolitan Opera to the Ziegfeld Follies. This text details for the first time the Salomania craze and four remarkable women who personified Salome and performed her seductive dance: Maud Allan, a Canadian modern dancer; Mata Hari, a Dutch spy; Ida Rubinstein, a Russian heiress; and French novelist Colette. Toni Bentley weaves the stories of these women together, showing how each embraced the persona of the femme fatale and transformed the misogynist idea of a dangerously sexual woman into a form of personal liberation. Bentley explores how Salome became a pop icon in Europe and America, how the real women who played her influenced the beginnings of modern dance, and how her striptease became in the 20th century an act of glamorous empowerment and unlikely feminism.

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"No other historian has told the story of the femme fatale in nineteenth-century culture so well and so engagingly. Bentley brings four memorable women to life—women who seized the mythic role of Salome and used it creatively and powerfully."—Charles Rearick, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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