Sisters of Salome

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Performing Arts - 223 pages
The origins of the art of exotic dancing lie in English drama and Viennese opera: Oscar Wilde?s 1893 play Salome, and Richard Strauss?s 1905 opera based on it, brought onto the stage a female character who captured and dominated the audience with the raw power of her naked body. Her Dance of the Seven Veils shocked and fascinated, and Salome became a pop icon on both sides of the Atlantic. Toni Bentley explores how four influential women embraced the persona of the femme fatale and transformed the misogynist image of a dangerously sexual woman into a form of personal liberation.

 

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Contents

Colettes Breast
1
Salome The Daughter of Iniquity
17
The Wilde Story
19
The Dance of the Seven Veils
27
The Salome Craze
33
Maud Allan The Cult of the Clitoris
47
The Crime
49
The Vision
57
The Queen of the Nile
131
The Russian Salome
135
Diaghilevs Dilettante
140
The Male Martyr
145
La Folie dIda
154
Salvation
161
Colette The Mental Hermaphrodite
167
The Kiss
169

The Trial
72
Mata Hari The Horizontal Agent
85
Intoxication
87
The Little Dutch Girl
90
The Hindu Hoax
95
The Scapegoat
109
The Legendary Backlash
124
Ida Rubinstein The Phallic Female
129
Sidos Masterpiece
172
Willys Ghost
175
The Barrier of Light
182
The Mature Seductress
191
Notes
197
Bibliography
207
Index
217
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Toni Bentley danced with George Balanchine's New York City Ballet for ten years. Her books include "Winter Season: A Dancer's Journal," "Holding On to the Air," "Costumes by Karinska," and "The Surrender: An Erotic Memoir."

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