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Djävulen som kvinnans befriare: Om en drastisk feministisk strategi , ca 1880–1930
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities. (Religionsvetenskap)
2015 (Swedish)In: Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning, ISSN 0809-6341, E-ISSN 1891-1781, Vol. 39, no 2, 111-129 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article discusses how feminists, in particular in the period circa 1880–1930, have employed Satanism (i.e., a positive portrayal of the Devil) as a strategy in their endeavors. The central theme in this context is the construction of a counter-myth to the hegemonic Christian myth of Eve’s interaction with the Serpent/Satan in the Garden of Eden. This narrative has traditionally been used by conservative Christians to legitimate the subjugation of women. By making Eve and the Serpent heroic rebels against an oppressive patriarchal God, the social implications of the original myth are attacked. An important background for much of this insurrectionist rhetoric was the esoteric and pro-Satanic counter-myth constructed by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, chief ideologist of the influential Theosophical Society. Equally crucial was the fact that Satanism, as the article demonstrates, was well-established as a language of resistance, and had been employed by dissidents like Shelley and various socialists to provoke the bourgeoisie and display a complete rejection of hegemonic discourses. Concluding the article is a discussion of the paradoxes inherent when a counter-discourse is created, such as the reification and perpetuation of existent mythologies.

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2015. Vol. 39, no 2, 111-129 p.
Keyword [en]
eminism, satanism, christianity, Eve (biblical character), theosophy, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Jules Michelet, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Renée Vivien, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Aino Kallas.
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History of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26533OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-26533DiVA: diva2:882995
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Available from: 2015-12-16 Created: 2015-12-16 Last updated: 2015-12-17Bibliographically approved

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