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Bringing together the work of scholars in many disciplines, Women in the Metropolis provides a comprehensive introduction to women's experience of modernism and urbanization in Weimar Germany. It shows women as active participants in artistic, social, and political movements and documents the wide range of their responses to the multifaceted urban culture of Berlin in the Bringing together the work of scholars in many disciplines, Women in the Metropolis provides a comprehensive introduction to women's experience of modernism and urbanization in Weimar Germany. It shows women as active participants in artistic, social, and political movements and documents the wide range of their responses to the multifaceted urban culture of Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s. Examining a variety of media ranging from scientific writings to literature and the visual arts, the authors trace gendered discourses as they developed to make sense of and regulate emerging new images of femininity. Besides treating classic films such as Metropolis and Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, the articles discuss other forms of mass culture, including the fashion industry and the revue performances of Josephine Baker. Their emphasis on women's critical involvement in the construction of their own modernity illustrates the significance of the Weimar cultural experience and its relevance to contemporary gender, German, film, and cultural studies.


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Bringing together the work of scholars in many disciplines, Women in the Metropolis provides a comprehensive introduction to women's experience of modernism and urbanization in Weimar Germany. It shows women as active participants in artistic, social, and political movements and documents the wide range of their responses to the multifaceted urban culture of Berlin in the Bringing together the work of scholars in many disciplines, Women in the Metropolis provides a comprehensive introduction to women's experience of modernism and urbanization in Weimar Germany. It shows women as active participants in artistic, social, and political movements and documents the wide range of their responses to the multifaceted urban culture of Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s. Examining a variety of media ranging from scientific writings to literature and the visual arts, the authors trace gendered discourses as they developed to make sense of and regulate emerging new images of femininity. Besides treating classic films such as Metropolis and Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, the articles discuss other forms of mass culture, including the fashion industry and the revue performances of Josephine Baker. Their emphasis on women's critical involvement in the construction of their own modernity illustrates the significance of the Weimar cultural experience and its relevance to contemporary gender, German, film, and cultural studies.

36 review for Women in the Metropolis: Gender and Modernity in Weimar Culture

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Interesting and varied collection of essays about Weimar culture and gender. Like most anthologies, it's a bit hit and miss, with some articles overly-dense and less engaging than others. For the most part I really enjoyed it, especially the essay on Hannah Hoech (which is why I sought out the book in the first place). Interesting and varied collection of essays about Weimar culture and gender. Like most anthologies, it's a bit hit and miss, with some articles overly-dense and less engaging than others. For the most part I really enjoyed it, especially the essay on Hannah Hoech (which is why I sought out the book in the first place).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I'm currently researching Women in the Weimar Republic and this book has been a great help, with chapters on all sorts of different aspects of the culture and life for women in inter-war Germany, I'd recommend it to anyone studying the era or Weimar culture. I'm currently researching Women in the Weimar Republic and this book has been a great help, with chapters on all sorts of different aspects of the culture and life for women in inter-war Germany, I'd recommend it to anyone studying the era or Weimar culture.

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