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Evil Sisters: The Threat of Female Sexuality and the Cult of Manhood

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In Evil Sisters Bram Dijkstra, a professor of comparative literature at the University of California, San Diego, has taken on the task of detailing the various threats female sexuality is said to have posed throughout this century. Some of these so-called threats seemed alarming; for example, many leading intellectuals from early in the century believed that women were in ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published September 24th 1996 by Knopf
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Greta
I'm giving this book 2 reviews-one general and one for my film friends:

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What do Freud, Jung, Ezra Pound. Joseph Conrad, Bram Stoker, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Saxe-Rohmer, Durkheim, Mencken, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Hitler have in common? They were up on the latest pseudoscience of the early part of the 20th century on women, sex, and race. The sociobiology field at the time was characterized by extremist social Darwinism. My feeling, though the author does not explicitly st
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Drake
I came across this book while doing research for my honors thesis. Read it. Fascinating, eye-opening, occasionally horrifying. It resonated with me particularly as a science/medical geek with an interest in vampire literature. He draws together vampires and germ theory, works in Third Reich images of masculinity and their fear of the subversive feminine, and adds a smattering of early Hollywood. Really really worth reading. Trust me, you will find it relevant.
Amber
This book is a very interesting study of early twentieth century attitudes towards women and female sexuality. It is a real eye opener, as some of the attitudes (at the very least) reverberate today. I would say it is a must read for people interested in women's studies and the history of social sciences, such as sociology.
Jayalalita devi dasi
But it's true. I have sharp pincers and a deadly appetite. Suck, suck, slurrrp, crunch. That's what romance sounds like.
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Bram Dijkstra is a professor of English literature. He joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego in 1966, and taught there until he retired and became an emeritus in 2000.

He is the author of seven books on literary and artistic subjects. These include:
Cubism, Stieglitz and the Early Poetry of William Carlos Williams (1969);
Georgia O'Keeffe and the Eros of Place (1998);
Expressio
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