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“She Has a Soul of Ahasuerus, Modern, of Course”: Creative Freedom and Life Entrapment of Modernist Women Artists

The text, strings a few aspects of the period of the late 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century, elements of the system of modernist art, and especially history of literature, which, despite the constitutive role of women artists, simply excluded them from the modernist conceptual frameworks, thematic horizons and value judgments, in other words, from the overall historical attention. Therefore, in their time, modernist women artists often escaped into tragic forms of withdrawal and resignation: in isolation, mental illness and ultimately to suicide. This text gives particular attention to writer Zofka Kveder and poet Vida Jeraj, Slovenian women modernists, who shared with their women contemporaries from the world specific themes, motifs and art streams, but also the frustrations of the artistic and private life, which led them too – as did Renee Vivien, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Beach and many others – to the tragic ending of their life.


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Issue No. 261 - City of Women / Concealed Histories II
Časopis za kritiko znanosti
2015 , volume volume 43 , issue issue 261
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