In this, one of the first serious, penetrating considerations of the modernist construction of masculinity, Gerald N. Izenberg examines the lives of Thomas Mann, Frank Wedekind, and Wassily Kandinsky, tracing their erotic and romantic lives and discovering how their personal constructions of masculinity—and reactions to femininity—were reflected in their art.
Geral N. Izenberg is a professor of history at Washington University. He is the author of The Existentialist Critique of Freud: The Crisis of Autonomy and Impossible Individuality: Romanticism, Revolution, and the Origins of Modern Selfhood, 1787-1802.
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Introduction Modernism, Masculinity, Method
1. Frank Wedekind and the Femininity of Freedom
2. Thomas Mann and the Feminine Passion for Transcendence
3. Wassily Kandinsky and the Origins of Abstraction