Death and the Maiden: Manifestos, Gender, Self-canonization, and Violence
In a comparative study of the manifesto genre, the chapter selects three manifestos that from the outset shares common traits, including glorification of death and violence, a preoccupation with gender, the ‘laying bare’ of future events, all from a marginal position in the present. The three are the biblical Book of Revelation, Solanas’s SCUM Manifesto, and Breivik’s 2083: A European Declaration of Independence. The modern manifestos demonstrate genre similarities and a continuity in themes, preoccupations compared to Revelation, but postulating direct dependence would mean going too far. Instead, the chapter demonstrates how the misogynist ideology of Revelation lives on in the clockwork of the genre it helped to create, long after any detailed knowledge of the text itself is forgotten.