Only briefly mentioned in the Bible, censored during the Middle-Ages and everywhere to be seen in the fin-de-siècle era, the myth of Salomé has never ceased to fascinate. In 1892, Oscar Wilde’s play – prelude to Richard Strauss’s opera – has hence been a worldwide hit, with cinematic, choreographic, lyric, literary and pictorial repercussions. Is this myth in fact to be understood as one of joyful movements, of dancing overcoming the surface of “images” to become a language? Or could it be summarized as a tragedy of gazes? It is surrounded by her seven veils, and through the whole spectrum of her multiple persona, epochs, ethos and skins, that Salomé – also sometimes named Hérodias or Hérodiade – shall be considered. This special issue of Oscholars, a widely read electronic journal devoted to Wilde and the fin de siècle, solicits original essays (in English or French) on any aspect of the myth of Salomé.
Please submit 300-word abstracts in English or in French to Virginie Pouzet-Duzer at firstname.lastname@example.org by December, 1st 2011.
You will know by February 2012 whether your proposal has been accepted or not. The deadline for submission of completed essays (1500-2500 words) is May 1st 2012.
For more information about Oscholars and to view previous special issues please consult http://www.oscholars.com
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