Representing Berlin: Sexuality and the City in Imperial and Weimar Germany

Representing Berlin: Sexuality and the City in Imperial and Weimar Germany

ISBN: 0754604519

ISBN 13: 9780754604518

Publication Date: February 28, 2003

Publisher: Routledge

Pages: 215

Format: Hardcover

Author: Dorothy Rowe

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Berlin, city of Bertolt Brecht, Marlene Dietrich, cabaret and German Expressionism, a city identified with a female sexuality - at first alluring but then dangerous. In this fascinating study, Dorothy Rowe turns our attention to Berlin as a sexual landscape. She investigates the processes by which women and femininity played a prominent role in depictions of the city at the end of the nineteenth and into the early twentieth centuries. She explores how in the aftermath of the horrors of World War I, increasing anxieties about the liberation of women and the supposed increase of female prostitution contributed to the demonization of the city not as a focus of desire and pleasure but rather as one of alienation and anxiety.

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