Representing Berlin: Sexuality and the City in Imperial and Weimar Germany

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In this study, Dorothy Rowe turns our attention to Berlin as a sexual landscape. She investigates the processes by which women and femininity played a prominent role in depictions of the city at the end of the nineteenth and into the early twentieth centuries. She explores how in the aftermath of the horrors of World War I, increasing anxieties about the liberation of women and the supposed increase of female prostitution contributed to the demonization of the city not as a focus of desire and pleasure but rather...
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Overview

In this study, Dorothy Rowe turns our attention to Berlin as a sexual landscape. She investigates the processes by which women and femininity played a prominent role in depictions of the city at the end of the nineteenth and into the early twentieth centuries. She explores how in the aftermath of the horrors of World War I, increasing anxieties about the liberation of women and the supposed increase of female prostitution contributed to the demonization of the city not as a focus of desire and pleasure but rather as one of alienation and anxiety.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780754604518
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/21/2003
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The rise of Berlin in Imperial Germany 9
Theorizing Berlin 10
City theory in Imperial Germany 18
Berlin transformed: from trade exhibition to world city 30
A shop window of modernity 43
2 Gender and modernity in the work of Georg Simmel 63
The subjective and objective character of culture 64
The sociology of space 71
3 Sexuality and the city in Imperial Berlin 81
Feminism and prostitution 81
Hans Ostwald and Die Grossstadt Dokumente 90
4 Representing Berlin 130
Transitions: from Imperial Weltstadt to Weimar vamp 131
Painting the city: the lure of Berlin 140
Impressions of the Imperial Grossstadt 141
Expressions of the modern metropolis 147
Bibliography 183
Index 199
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