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Salomania: "Perturbing Detour" or "New Mentality"? (2019)


"Salomania" is a phenomenon spreading very rapidly from 1906 on; a fanaticism for the new cruel and uncanny feminine type. Uncanny (a term often used by recent musicology) translates the German "unheimlich," introduced by Freud, to indicate those phenomena that affect expectations and overturn the shared human qualities. The perturbation aroused by the mythical figure of Salome derives not so much from the absence of moral limits, but from its behavioral traits contrasting with the representation of the redemptive "ewig weibliche," and closer to the violent will of male possession. In the construction of the new figure, non-Wagnerian singers (Gemma Bellincioni, Mary Garden, Aino Akté) played a fundamental role, as much as the dancers who created the instinctive and unconventional modern dance (Maud Allan, Ida Rubinstein, Isadora Duncan).

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Authors & Contributors
McLaren, Angus
Sharman Levinson
Grassi, Umberto
Pauline Mortas
Tanya Cheadle
Runco, Maria Innocenza
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Social History of Medicine
Past and Present
Intellectual History Review
History of the Human Sciences
Gender and History
University of Chicago Press
Grupo Anaya Publicaciones Generales
Edizioni Penne & Papiri
Springer International Publishing
University of Pennsylvania Press
Reaktion Books
Sexual behavior
Medicine and society
Clapperton, Jane Hume
Constantinus Africanus
Ribot, Théodule Armand
Terman, Lewis Madison
Lombroso, Cesare
Kinsey, Alfred C.
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
Early modern
18th century
20th century

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