Femme fatale – an intriguing combination of beauty and demonism Cover Image

Fatalna žena – intrigantan spoj ljepote i demonskog
Femme fatale – an intriguing combination of beauty and demonism

Author(s): Marina Brkić-Vučina, Goran Zovko
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Novel, Comparative Study of Literature
Published by: Filozofski fakultet Sveučilišta u Mostaru
Keywords: archetype of femme fatale; specific features; Šenoa’s Klara Grubarova; Kovačić’s Laura

Summary/Abstract: Throughout the time almost all nations have formed their archetype of femme fatale who embodies vice, passion and lust. During the period of Romanticism femme fatale got a specific artistic dimension and specific features. All femmes fatales are of extreme physical beauty, mysterious and attractive. They are also intelligent, shrewd, witty and superior. However, the intrigue of their character lies in the ultimate contrast between their physical beauty and inner ugliness, almost demonic and diabolic. The Croatian 19th century novel was full of those diabolic women whose beauty and demonism were joined together. The subjectof our research are two specific characters of femmes fatales in the Croatian 19th century novel: Klara Grubarova from Goldsmith’s Gold by A. Šenoa and Laura from the novel At the Registry by A. Kovačić. Apart from possessing specific traits of femmes fatales, the characters of Klara and Laura are the most convincing female characters and action accelerators in both novels.

  • Issue Year: 2/2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 175-187
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Croatian