Salomania "Perturbing Detour" or "New Mentality"?

Antonio Rostagno


Salomania is a phenomenon spreading very rapidly from 1906 on; a fanaticism for the new cruel and uncanny feminine type. Uncanny (a term often used by recent muscology) translates the German Unheimlich introduced by Freud to indicate those phenomena that affect expectations and overturn the shared human qualities.

The perturbation aroused by the mythical figure of Salome derives not so much from the absence of moral limits, but from its behavioral traits contrasting with the representation of the redemptive ewig Weibliche, and closer to the violent will of male possession. In the construction of the new figure, non-Wagnerian singers (Gemma Bellincioni, Mary Garden, Aino Akté) played a fundamental role, as musch as the dancers who created the instinctive and unconventional modern dance (Maud Allan, Ida Rubinstein, Isadora Duncan).


Key words: Salomania - Unheimlich - Danza - Teatro 

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