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Women and Modernity in Weimar Germany

Reality and its Representation in Popular Fiction

Vibeke R├╝tzou Petersen

196 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-154-7 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (June 2001)


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Description

This book focuses on the popular fiction of Weimar Germany and explores the relationship between women, the texts they read, and the society in which they lived. A complex picture emerges that shows women talking center stage, not only in the fiction but also in the reality that shaped its fictional representations. One of the author's significant conclusions is that it was the growing strength of female subjectivity, its strong positioning, and its insistent claim to visibility that occupied the imaginations and fears of Weimar culture and contributed in an important way to the crisis that afflicted the Weimar Republic.

Vibeke Rützou Petersen is the Director of Women's Studies and Associate Professor of German at Drake University

Subject: Gender Studies General Cultural Studies
Area: Germany



Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface

Chapter 1. Mass Culture and Weimar Modernity

Chapter 2. Female Domestication or Marriage, Reproduction, and Family

  • Bachelor Girls
  • Reproductive T/Issues
  • Sex and the Single Girl

Chapter 3. Work and Play

  • Work in the City
  • Work on the Land
  • Play

Chapter 4. Classed Genders and Sexualities

  • Un/Tamed Female Sexualities
  • Working Girls
  • Will the “Real” Woman Stand Up?
  • In/Visible Classes

Chapter 5. Beyond the Pale – Others, Selves, and Nationhood

  • Excessively Lesbian
  • Clarity in Excess?
  • Pathological Love
  • Degenerate Eros
  • Beyond the Pale
  • The Black Mark
  • Raced Sexualities
  • German?/Jewish?
  • The Power of Assimilation
  • Body Image

Chapter 6. The Shape of Things

Appendix
Selected Bibliography
Index

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