Fatal Attraction: Lilith and her Sisters

The Atkinson

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Ancient cultures have bequeathed to us a legacy of female characters in art, history, and literature who have been described as ‘femme fatales’. The femme fatale is beautiful and dangerous in equal measure. Like the sirens of Homer’s Odyssey, she tempts the hero of the story whilst endangering his heroic quest – and even his life. This exhibition explores the long history of the femme fatale - from the ancient world to the silver screen - and her transformation from a symbol of patriarchal power to the hero of her own story.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2020
EventFatal Attraction: Lilith and her Sisters -
Duration: 27 Jul 202027 Mar 2021


  • Femme fatale
  • Gender
  • heritage
  • reception
  • Art
  • Sculpture
  • Antiquity

Research Centres

  • Research Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies


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