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Why I am not a feminist[edit]

Would it add to the article if I quoted from this essay? It isn't long and is quite hard to find online --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 02:35, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Potential Changes[edit]

I'm a student and I'm new here. I was thinking of adding this info to this page, let me know what you think.


The symbolist movement was a literary style movement that took place over the late 19th century and early 20th. It is seen as being a part of the larger, avant-garde art movement.[1] It focuses on using characters, props and events not to propell the plot but rather to represent complex ideas. Symbolism uses sensory experiences to explain what cannot be communicated through words. It often involved memories, dreams or supernatural/spiritual occurrences.[Rachilde 1] It arose as a response to the naturalist art movement that had dominated the European art world throughout the late 19th century. It started questioning the ideas of reality, truth and normality that had been so straight forward in the naturalist art. Symbolism, along with the decadent art movement, aposed main-stream society, and main-stream thought.

Rachilde and her husband, Alfred Vallette, were some of the most influential people in the symbolist community in Paris.[Rachilde 1] They started the Mercure de France which was a symbolist magazine as well as a publishing company for young talent. Rachilde and her husband would host gatherings known as 'salons' every Tuesday afternoon where young artists could come and meet established writers. This helped launch the careers of many notable writers. One of the most well known writers to attend the gathering was Oscar Wilde who was inspired in part by Rachilde's book Monsieur Venus[Rachilde 2] and Alfred Jarry, another successful playwright. Rachilde also helped to establish the Théâtre de I'Ouvre and Théâtre d'Art and wrote reviews of the productions in her magazine.[Rachilde 1]

Rachilde also wrote several notable plays in the symbolist world. The most well known and important of her plays was a one-act called L'Araignée de Cristal or The Crystal Spider which debued in 1892.[Rachilde 2] This play shows a mother and her son, Terror-Stricken, while talking about a smashed mirror. The play is famous for its use of gender roles and mirror symbolism. In it, the mirror does not simply reflect the person in front of it but it surrounds and creates an ubiquitous abyss.


  1. ^ Youker, Timothy. "On the Avant-Garde." University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga. 5 Feb. 2014. Lecture.

MadeleineAnderson (talk) 12:27, 2 April 2014 (UTC)


The appositive about her reading does not correspond to the subject of the rest of the sentence. Show this to an English teacher who will tell you how to correct it. "A voracious reader from a young age, a lack of parental supervision gave her the run of her grandfather’s library," (talk) 11:49, 23 March 2015 (UTC)


"scandals literature " (talk) 11:50, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
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