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

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

by Richard W. McCormick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312292988

ISBN-13: 9780312292980

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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 &…  See more details below

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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). 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312292980
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction. Blurred Boundaries: Modernity, Crisis, and Emancipation in the Culture of the Weimar Republic1
Ch. 2From Caligari to Dietrich: Anxieties About Sex and Gender in Weimar Cinema and Culture15
Ch. 3"New Objectivity": Ambivalent Accommodations with Modernity39
Ch. 4Boys in Crisis: Discourses of Castration in the Early Stabilized Period59
AThe Carnival of Humiliation, I: Literal Castration - as Metaphor - in Ernst Toller's Drama Hinkemann (1924)59
BThe Carnival of Humiliation, II: Sex & Social Mobility, Mass Spectacle & Reflexivity in E.A. Dupont's Film Variety (1925)72
CImpotence and Therapy, Excess and Containment: "Curing" Male Crisis in G.W. Pabst's Film Secrets of a Soul (Geheimnisse einer Seele) (1926)87
Ch. 5The End of Stability: "Phallic" New Women and Male Intellectuals99
AAmoral Modernity as New Woman: Erich Kastner's Novel Fabian (1931)99
BThe Cabaret of Humiliation: Gender, Spectacle, and Spectatorship in Josef von Sternberg's Film The Blue Angel (1930)113
Ch. 6Girls in Crisis: Women's Perspectives in Late Weimar129
AMass Culture, Downward Mobility, and Female Resistance: Irmgard Keun's Novel The Artificial Silk Girl (1932)129
BComing Out of the Uniform: Political and Sexual Emancipation in Leontine Sagan's Film Madchen in Uniform (1931)146
Ch. 7Weimar Culture Now: "Americanism" and Post/Modernity163
Notes175
Works Cited215
Index233

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