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Bodily Desire, Desired Bodies examines the diverse ways that literary works and paintings can be read as screens onto which new images of masculinity and femininity are cast. Esther Bauer focuses on German and Austrian writers and artists from the 1910s and 1920s —specifically authors Franz Kafka, Vicki Baum, and Thomas Mann, and painters Otto Dix, Christian Schad, and Egon Schiele—who gave spectacular expression to shifting trends in male and female social roles and the organization of physical desire and the sexual body.

Bauer’s comparative approach reveals the ways in which artists and writers echoed one another in undermining the gender duality and highlighting sexuality and the body. As she points out, as sites of negotiation and innovation, these works reconfigured bodies of desire against prevailing notions of sexual difference and physical attraction and thus became instruments of social transformation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. Introduction: Changing Visions and Visualizations of Gender, Desire,and the Body
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. Chapter One. New Woman—New Body: Female Images by Vicki Baum, Christian Schad, and Otto Dix
  2. pp. 11-40
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  1. Chapter Two. Representations of Femininity: Vicki Baum’s Helene and Works by Gustav Klimt, Franz von Stuck, and Anselm Feuerbach
  2. pp. 41-64
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  1. Chapter Three. The Body Between Sex and Violence: Franz Kafka’s Brunelda and Otto Dix’s Three Women
  2. pp. 65-82
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  1. Chapter Four. Looking to Dominate: Power and Gender in Franz Kafka’s Amerika and Egon Schiele’s Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait)
  2. pp. 83-100
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 123-128
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 129-162
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 163-188
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 189-194
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  1. Images
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810167810
Related ISBN
9780810129931
MARC Record
OCLC
885292644
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-05
Language
English
Open Access
No
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