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Gender and Sexuality in Weimar Modernity: Film, Literature, and "New Objectivity"

Gender and Sexuality in Weimar Modernity: Film, Literature, and "New Objectivity"

by Richard McCormick

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.

Paperback
240 pages
Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 9780312293024

 

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