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Constructing the Viennese Modern Body

Art, Hysteria and the Puppet

By Harriet Marin

© 2017 – Routledge

264 pages

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Plates

Acknowledgments

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 Gestures

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

About the Author

Nathan J. Timpano is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Miami.

About the Series

Studies in Art Historiography

Studies in Art Historiography
The aim of this series is to support and promote the study of the history and practice of art historical writing focussing on its institutional and conceptual foundations, from the past to the present day in all areas and all periods. Besides addressing the major innovators of the past it also encourages re-thinking ways in which the subject may be written in the future. It ignores the disciplinary boundaries imposed by the Anglophone expression 'art history' and allows and encourages the full range of enquiry that encompasses the visual arts in its broadest sense as well as topics falling within archaeology, anthropology, ethnography and other specialist disciplines and approaches. It welcomes contributions from young and established scholars and is aimed at building an expanded audience for what has hitherto been a much specialised topic of investigation. It complements the work of the Journal of Art Historiography.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015030
ART / European
ART015100
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART050010
ART / Subjects & Themes / Human Figure
HIS040000
HISTORY / Europe / Austria & Hungary
MED039000
MEDICAL / History
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General