By Clair Rowden
With its first public concert in Paris on eleven February 1896, Oscar Wilde's Salomé took on lady embodied shape that signalled the beginning of 'her' out of the ordinary trip in the course of the heritage of the humanities within the 20th century. This quantity explores Salome's appropriation and reincarnation around the arts - not only Wilde's heroine, nor Richard Strauss's - yet Salome as a cultural icon in fin-de-siècle society, whose charm for ever new interpretations of the biblical tale nonetheless endures at the present time. utilizing Salome as a typical start line, each one bankruptcy indicates new ways that appearing our bodies demonstrate substitute tales, narratives and views and supply a variety and breadth of resource fabric and theoretical techniques. the 1st bankruptcy attracts at the box of comparative literature to enquire the inter-artistic interpretations of Salome in a interval that straddles the tip of the 19th century and the start of the Modernist period. This bankruptcy units the tone for the remainder of the quantity, which develops particular case stories facing censorship, reception, authorial recognition, appropriation, embodiment and function. in addition to the Viennese foremost of Wilde's play, embodied performances of Salome from the interval prior to the 1st global conflict are thought of, supplying perception into the function and organisation of performers within the creation and complicated negotiation of which means inherent within the function of Salome. via analyzing very important productions of Strauss's Salome when you consider that 1945, and newer movie interpretations of Wilde's play, the final chapters discover functionality as a cultural perform that reinscribes and consistently reinvents the tips, icons, symbols and gestures that form either the functionality itself, its reception and its cultural meaning.
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