Modernity and the Weimar Republic: an analysis of sexuality and gender performativity in early German cinema

Escott, Natalie (2013) Modernity and the Weimar Republic: an analysis of sexuality and gender performativity in early German cinema. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The Weimar Republic was an era of considerable change with regards to social, political and economic affairs. The aim of this dissertation is to explore the cinematic portrayal of sexuality and gender in relation to these transformations, and whether or not the period progressed in its attitude towards non-heteronormativity as well as the social positioning of men and women. Emerging concepts such as the “New Woman” and “New Man” will be examined with regards to the anxieties that they generated, specifically focusing on the development of the masculinity crisis. This piece of work will investigate the representation of lesbianism and homosexuality in a number of films. It will consider whether these texts were progressive in their portrayals of sexuality taking into account cultural, medical and psychoanalytic factors which were prevalent during the era. Finally, the rise of National Socialism will be discussed and to what extent this development effected the progression made during the previous years. Ultimately, this dissertation seeks to answer whether or not the Weimar Republic provided an opportunity for reformation in matters of sexuality and gender.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jenni King
    Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 09:11
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14213

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