Constructing the Viennese modern body

Art, hysteria, and the puppet

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages209
ISBN (Electronic)9781315413686
ISBN (Print)9781138220188
DOIs
StatePublished - May 25 2017

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Puppet
Body Art
Hysteria
Aesthetics
Visual Culture
Artist
Treatise
Egon Schiele
Human Body
Koloman Moser
Gesture
Oskar Kokoschka
Artwork
Avant Garde

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Constructing the Viennese modern body : Art, hysteria, and the puppet. / Timpano, Nathan.

Taylor and Francis, 2017. 209 p.

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