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Item Number: 144441
Title: Constructing the Viennese Modern Body : Art, Hysteria and the Puppet
Author: Timpano, Nathan J
Price: $149.95
ISBN: 9781138220188
Record created on 01/24/2017
Description: London-New York: Routledge, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 209pp. illus.

Summary: This book takes a new, interdisciplinary approach to analyzing modern Viennese visual culture, informed by Austro-German theater, contemporary medical treatises centered on hysteria, and an original examination of dramatic gestures in expressionist artworks. It centers on the following question: How and to what end was the human body discussed, portrayed, and utilized as an aesthetic metaphor in turn-of-the-century Vienna? By scrutinizing theatrically "hysterical" performances, avant-garde puppet plays, and images created by Oskar Kokoschka, Koloman Moser, Egon Schiele and others, Nathan J. Timpano discusses how Viennese artists favored the pathological or puppet-like body as their contribution to European modernism.

Contents: Introduction- A Conundrum of the Viennese Modern Body. 1. "The Semblance of Things:" Re-Visioning Viennese Expressionism. 2. "The Woman Emerges:" Medical Vision and the Spectacle of Hysteria. 3. Performing Hysteria: A Vogue for Hystero-Theatrical Gesture. 4. A Tale of Three Hysterics: Elektra, Isolde, and Salome. 5. The Inanimate Body Speaks: The Language of the Marionette Theater. 6. Pathological Puppets: The Body and the Marionette in Viennese Expressionism.

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