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Sisters of Salome

Toni Bentley


As the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth, 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 ... More

Keywords: Salomania, Oscar Wilde, Salome, femme fatale, feminism, Maud Allan, Mata Hari, Ida Rubinstein, Colette, modern dance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300090390
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300090390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Toni Bentley, author