Ivan Turgenev | Critical Essay by Walter Smyrniw

This literature criticism consists of approximately 31 pages of analysis & critique of Ivan Turgenev.
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SOURCE: Smyrniw, Walter. “Turgenev's Femmes Fatales.” Germano-Slavica 9, nos. 1-2 (1995-96): 135-53.

In the following essay, Smyrniw explores possible sources for Turgenev's representation of treacherous women in his novels.

Nimm dich in acht vor ihren schönen Haaren, Vor diesem Schmuck, mit dem sie einzig prangt. Wenn sie damit den jungen Mann erlangt, So läßt sie ihn so bald nicht wieder fahren. 

Goethe

In her comprehensive study of femmes fatales in literature and art, Virginia Allen has ascertained that the phrase “femme fatale” came into usage at the turn of our century, whereas the concept and the “erotic icon” of a seductive woman evolved in the previous century. She also discovered that the term femme fatale “has crept into history and criticism in the fields...

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