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Salome's Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression

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Oscar Wilde's 1891 symbolist tragedy Salomé has had a rich afterlife in literature, opera, dance, film, and popular culture. Salome's Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression is the first comprehensive scholarly exploration of that extraordinary resonance that persists to the present. Petra Dierkes-Thrun positions Wilde as a founding figure of modernism a ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published April 27th 2011 by University of Michigan Press
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Aaron C. Thomas
This book is great when it is doing readings of Wilde's Salomé and Alla Nazimova's, Maud Allan's, and Richard Strauss's interpretations of Wilde's Salomé, but in the last chapter the book goes off the rails, jumps ahead 70 years, and attempts to analyze a whole slew of newer "interpretations" of Wilde's tale.

Strangely, Dierkes-Thrun, carefully excluded versions of Salomé that weren't based on Wilde, and yet her final chapter gives us a proliferation of Salomés, some Wildean and some not. In any
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