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Author: Beth Irwin Lewis

Title: Lustmord

Subtitle: Inside the Windows of the Metropolis

In: Women in the Metropolis: Gender and Modernity in Weimar Culture

Edited by: Katharina von Ankum

Place: Berkeley, CA

Publisher: University of California Press

Year: 1997

Pages: 202-232

Series: Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism 11

ISBN-10: 0520204646 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0520204654 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: German History | Representations: Art / Otto Dix, George Grosz; Types: Lust Murder


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Abstract: »Beth Irwin Lewis draws attention to the prominent role of representations of sex murders in the early works of male expressionists like Otto Dix and George Grosz. She identifies the frequent representation of violence against women as a strategy of the male artist to express the damage suffered to his gendered ego through the experience of war and its ensuing social changes in the mutilation of the female body. These images, Lewis insists, do not merely represent the artistic documentation of a violent urban reality, but reveal the misogynist subtext of modernity that had its bearing on the daily lives of women in the metropolis in Weimar Germany.« (Source: Katharina von Ankum. »Introduction.« Women in the Metropolis: Gender and Modernity in Weimar Culture. Edited by Katharina von Ankum. Berkeley 1997: 10)

Reprint of: Lewis, Beth I. »Lustmord: Inside the Windows of the Metropolis.« Berlin: Culture & Metropolis. Edited by Charles W. Haxthausen et al. Minneapolis 1990: 111-140. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Germany / Weimar Republic | History of painting: Expressionism | 20th-century German painters: Otto Dix, George Grosz | Homicide: Lust murder