The Masculine Woman in Weimar Germany (BOK)

Katie Sutton

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Throughout the Weimar period the so-called masculinization of womanA" was much more than merely an outsider or subcultural phenomenon; it was central to representations of the changing female ideal, and fed into wider debates concerning the health and fertility of the German raceA" following the rupture of war. While some commentators celebrated this new,A" masculineA" woman in her short skirt, tuxedo, and pageboy haircut as symbolic of women's entrance into non-traditional fields of work, leisure, and consumption, others held her up as a warning against deviating too far from traditional ideas about men's and women's "roles." Drawing on recent developments within the history of sexuality, this book sheds new light on representations and discussions of the masculine woman within the Weimar print media from 1918-1933. It traces the connotations and controversies surrounding this figure from her rise to media prominence in the early 1920s until the beginning of the Nazi period, considering questions of race, class, sexuality, and geography. By focusing on styles, bodies and identities that did not conform to societal norms of binary gender or heterosexuality, this book contributes to our understanding of gendered lives and experiences at this pivotal juncture in German history.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Katie Sutton
Berghahn Books
ISBN 9780857451200
Antall sider 220 Dimensjoner 15,9cm x 23,6cm x 1,7cm
Vekt 414 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Gender studies: women