Dark Venus

Dark Venus

Maud Allan and the Myth of the Femme Fatale

Hardback288pp Illustrated230x156mm

9781445677514     Product Code: 511342

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In 1918 the dancer Maud Allan brought a libel case against Noel Billing MP for claiming in print that she was a lesbian. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, Wendy Buonaventura explores Allan’s controversial career, and examines the way the case embodied early 20th-century attitudes to ‘dangerous’ women, whose independence, freedom from convention, and erotic allure were seen as a threat to the fabric of society, and even a cause of the First World War.

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