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Sisters of Salome$
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Toni Bentley

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300090390

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300090390.001.0001

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The Kiss

The Kiss

(p.169) Chapter Eighteen The Kiss
Sisters of Salome

Toni Bentley

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the pantomime entitled Le Rêve d'Egypte (Egyptian dream), which starred Colette Willy and the mysteriously named “Yssim,” and which outraged audiences because it featured a kiss between two women. Colette's appearance in Le Rêve d'Egypte in 1907 was the first time Salome had appeared overtly as both a femme fatale and a lesbian. Unlike Maud Allan, Mata Hari, and Ida Rubinstein, Colette appropriated Salome not as her identity but as her personal accomplice, her transforming device, in searching out her own true identity as a woman with a powerful male sensibility.

Keywords:   Colette Willy, Le Rêve d'Egypte, lesbian kiss, Salome

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