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Per Faxneld

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190664473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190664473.001.0001

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Mary MacLane’s Autobiographic Satanic Feminism

Mary MacLane’s Autobiographic Satanic Feminism

(p.426) 10 Mary MacLane’s Autobiographic Satanic Feminism
Satanic Feminism

Per Faxneld

Oxford University Press

Chapter10 has Canadian-American Mary MacLane (1881–1929) as its topic and draws on her own texts as well as contemporary newspaper articles on her. MacLane’s autobiographical bestseller The Story ofMary MacLane (1902) depicted the author’s burning desire to become Satan’s bride. Earlier research on MacLane has neglected the fact that her use of Satan is directly related to an established tradition of literary Satanism and also overlaps with contemporary esoteric and political-feminist use of the figure. The chapter attempts to contextualize her work from this perspective. MacLane’s use of several by now familiar motifs is highlighted: the liberating demon-lover, Satan as a voice of cultural criticism and diabolical lesbianism. The reception of the text is also considered, detailing how MacLane’s contentious public persona was an important part of the (brief) success she enjoyed and how she became an anti-heroine role model to scores of young American women.

Keywords:   Satanism, Satan, Mary MacLane, autobiographical, newspaper, lesbianism

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