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Gender and Sexuality in Weimar Modernity: Film, Literature, and "New Objectivity"

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Richard McCormick takes a fresh look at the crisis of gender in Weimar Germany through an analysis of selected cultural texts, both literary and film, characterized under the label “New Objectivity”. The New Objectivity was marked by a sober, unsentimental embrace of urban modernity, in contrast to Expressionism’s horror of technology and belief in “auratic” art. This sens ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 23rd 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Solid critical examination. McCormick does a great job of showing Weimar in its complexity, contradiction and profundity. He's repetitive, but his overview and critique of the critical literature is good and his contributions to the discussion are very thought-provoking. His analysis seems sound and detailed while eschewing any overbearing readings; the ambiguities and tensions within the examined works remain present and worth pursuing even further.
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