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"Excellent study of image of women in 19th century art and general cultural attitudes during that period."--James Doan, Nova University
"An excellent book for an undergraduate seminar--sparks lively interest and discussion."--Edward Dickinson, University of California, Berkeley
"Brilliant analysis, brilliant command of language."--Pauley M. Stein, California State University
"[An] excellent book!"--John Murray, New York Institute of Technology
"Dijkstra's straightforward discussion of misogyny in nineteenth-century art is long overdue. His thematic groupings of subject matter cut across lines of academic versus avant-garde, which is very instructive for students to see."--F. Connelly, University of Missouri
"A provocative and absorbing book."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"This pioneering, witty, devastating survey breaks new ground in tracing men's hatred toward women and how this fear and loathing has shaped our culture."--Publishers Weekly
"[Dijkstra is] more than equal to the task of analyzing the cultural war waged on women at the turn of the century....[Readers] will not be able to forget [his] message, so applicable to the end of our century--that ideological dualisms, whether about sex or race, are also deadly."--Alessandra Comini, The New York Times Book Review
"A stupendous work--deeply serious, wildly delightful, abounding in new learning and insights."--Rudolph Binion, Journal of Psychohistory
"A ground-breaking, important book....Will clearly be important to art historians and feminist critics of the late nineteenth century."--Susan Gubar, The Washington Times Magazine
About the Author: Bram Dijkstra is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego, and author of several books, including Cubism, Stieglitz and the Early Poetry of William Carlos Williams, A Recognizable Image, and Defoe and Economics.
Fantastic book; tons of images/illustrations surrounded by a truly comprehensive look at the cultural evaluations of fin-de-siecle artists and subcultures by their critics and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by skyla2186
I paid a lot for the deliver, but the book came in perfect shape and only 1 day later than expected (and the delay had to do with our customs office, I live in Argentina).Published on September 23, 2013 by Mariela Ferrari
a beautiful book I have two copies,You people should not require me to use a certain number of words, it just doesnt make sense. I only wanted to say it is good.Published on December 13, 2012 by Sprezzaturra
When you read about the impressionist painters such as Monet and Renoir you are always hearing that they had to start their own shows because they were being rejected by "The... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by T. Dreiling
From the standpoint of a study of art, this book is not worth having (even if it's at a good price) in spite of the rarely-often reproduced images. The images are poor. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Doug Grandpre
A lot of customer reviews here already have pointed out the art Dijkstra assembles in "Idols" is a LOT more enjoyable and fascinating than his overheated prose. Read morePublished on September 30, 2009 by San Fernando Curt
Students of polymorphous perversity should consider having this book the equivalent of a lifetime membership in an illustrated encyclopedia in artistic themes which use women as a... Read morePublished on March 13, 2006 by Leah Osad
I read this book several years ago and to put it simply, it shook up my perceptions about the imagery used in art during that time. Read morePublished on May 22, 2001 by Maria Aragon