The Gender of Death: A Cultural History in Art and Literature
In this illustrated historical survey of the image of death in art and literature Karl S. Guthke assesses the significance of the various personifications of death in different ages and cultures, as male or female, enemy or lover, friend or avenger, angel or devil. Guthke shows that such images are reflections of the life and cultures that produced them, and through them he offers astonishing new insights into the nature and perception of the Western self in its cultural, intellectual, and literary context.
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IMAGINING THE UNIMAGINABLE DEATH PERSONIFIED Is Death a woman?
THE MIDDLE AGES THE UNFORTUNATE FALL The wages of sin Adams sin or Eves?
RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE THE DEVIL INCARNATE Death and the Maiden and the man
THE ROMANTIC AGE HOW WONDERFUL IS DEATH The youth with the downturned torch The last best friend Death in the bridal chamber
Death immortalizing life
Adam allegorical angel of death art and literature artist Atropos beautiful Berlin bride bridegroom century Christ Christian classical copper engraving cultural Dance of Death Danse macabre dead death images death personified devil dressed English erotic eroticism etching eternal example Felicien Rops female death figure female figure female personification feminine fresco Freund Hein gender of Death German goddess grammatical gender hand Heppe hourglass ibid Iconography image of death imagination Intrigue and Love Kozaky Lenore literary London lover Maiden male death figure masked ball medieval Mensch und Tod Middle Ages Moreau Mors Mors syphilitica motif muerte Munich mythology painting personification of death personify death Pisa PLATE play poem reaper Renaissance representations of death role Romantic Age Schuster scythe seductress sexual shape skeleton skull soul suggest Symbolist Thanatos Thema Totentanz theme tion Totentanz tradition Triumph of Death turn visual Werke Wilhelm winged woman woodcut word young