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The Explicit Body in Performance by Rebecca Schneider

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After us the savage goddess

After Stephane Mallarmé, Chavannes, after my own verse, after all our subtle colour and nervous rhythm, after the faint mixed tints of Conder, what more is possible? After us [symbolists] the Savage God.

W. B. Yeats (1958 [1896]:233–4)

The particular conjuncture of the dream of femininity with the dream of primitivity in modernism is the subject of this chapter. Like the feminine, the primitive stands as emblematic of the vanishing point of knowledge and provokes a related terror and fascination that tangle race and gender in significant ways. “Primitivity” is an attribute historically ascribed to “lower” races just as “femininity” is ascribed to the “second” sex. Unpacking this confluence, the strategic confrontations ...

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