The Symbolists often created images and forms that had a dual meaning. Symbolist dualities include, but are not limited to, the sacred and profane and evoke the myriad of depictions of women as saints/demons and creators/destroyers. The idea of duality even informs experiments in which Symbolists combined different media, as they expressed their philosophy through the visual arts, literature, music, and theater. This session will examine Symbolist dualities and how the division of unity was inherent to Symbolist theories regarding the transforming nature of visual art and related disciplines.

Call for papers:

ALMSD (Art, Literature and Music in Symbolism and Decadence) is inviting to submit the proposals before May 20, 2012 to present papers at the College Art Association (CAA), February 13-16, 2013 in NYC.

The proposal should be about 300 words and should be sent to and Please include a short version of your CV. If you have questions, please contact Rosina Neginsky at

Dr. Rosina Neginsky, University of Illinois, Springfield

Dr. Deborah Cibelli, Nicholls State University