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Gender and Sexuality in Weimar Modernity : Film, Literature, and

Gender and Sexuality in Weimar Modernity

Film, Literature, and "New Objectivity"

Paperback Published: 28th March 2002
ISBN: 9780312293024
Number Of Pages: 240

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Richard McCormick takes a fresh look at the crisis of gender in Weimar Germany through an analysis of selected cultural texts, both literary and film, characterized under the label "New Objectivity." The New Objectivity was marked by a sober, unsentimental embrace of urban modernity, in contrast to Expressionism's horror of technology and belief in "auratic" art. This sensibility was gendered as well as contradictory: while associated with male intellectuals, New Objectivity was best symbolized by the New Woman they feared (and desired)--sexually emancipated, working, and unsentimental. Moving skillfully from Caligari to Dietrich, McCormick traces the crisis of gender identities, both male and female, and reveals how a variety of narratives of the time displaced an assortment of social anxieties onto sexual relations.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction. Blurred Boundaries: Modernity, Crisis, and Emancipation in the Culture of the Weimar Republicp. 1
From Caligari to Dietrich: Anxieties About Sex and Gender in Weimar Cinema and Culturep. 15
"New Objectivity": Ambivalent Accommodations with Modernityp. 39
Boys in Crisis: Discourses of Castration in the Early Stabilized Periodp. 59
The Carnival of Humiliation, I: Literal Castration--as Metaphor--in Ernst Toller's Drama Hinkemann (1924)p. 59
The Carnival of Humiliation, II: Sex and Social Mobility, Mass Spectacle and Reflexivity in E.A. Dupont's Film Variety (1925)p. 72
Impotence and Therapy, Excess and Containment: "Curing" Male Crisis in G.W. Pabst's Film Secrets of a Soul (Geheimnisse einer Seele) (1926)p. 87
The End of Stability: "Phallic" New Women and Male Intellectualsp. 99
Amoral Modernity as New Woman: Erich Kastner's Novel Fabian (1931)p. 99
The Cabaret of Humiliation: Gender, Spectacle, and Spectatorship in Josef von Sternberg's Film The Blue Angel (1930)p. 113
Girls in Crisis: Women's Perspectives in Late Weimarp. 129
Mass Culture, Downward Mobility, and Female Resistance: Irmgard Keun's Novel The Artificial Silk Girl (1932)p. 129
Coming Out of the Uniform: Political and Sexual Emancipation in Leontine Sagan's Film Madchen in Uniform (1931)p. 146
Weimar Culture Now: "Americanism" and Post/Modernityp. 163
Notesp. 175
Works Citedp. 215
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780312293024
ISBN-10: 031229302X
Series: St Martins Press
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 28th March 2002
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1