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Satanic Feminism: Lucifer as the Liberator of Woman in Nineteenth-Century Culture

Per Faxneld

Abstract

According to the Bible, Eve was the first to heed Satan’s advice to eat of the forbidden fruit. The notion of woman as the Devil’s accomplice is prominent throughout the history of Christianity and has been used to legitimate the subordination of wives and daughters. During the nineteenth century, rebellious females performed counter-readings of this misogynist tradition. Hereby, Lucifer was reconceptualized as a feminist liberator of womankind, and Eve became a heroine. In these reimaginings, Satan is an ally in the struggle against a patriarchy supported by God the Father and his male priest ... More

Keywords: Satanism, feminism, witch, esotericism, decadent, romanticism, lesbian, religion, art, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190664473
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190664473.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Per Faxneld, author
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Mid-Sweden University