The Masculine Modern Woman: Pushing Boundaries in the Swedish Popular Media of the 1920s, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Masculine Modern Woman

Pushing Boundaries in the Swedish Popular Media of the 1920s, 1st Edition

By Jenny Ingemarsdotter

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256 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book takes a fresh approach to one of the most popular cultural symbols of modernity in the 1920s—the "masculine" modern woman. Uncovering discourses on female masculinity in interwar Sweden, a nation that struggled to become modern but not decadent, this study examines cultural representations and debates across several arenas including fashion, film, sports, automobility, medicine and literature. Drawing on rich empirical material, this book traces not only how the masculine modern woman reshaped the imaginary space of what women could be, do and desire, but also how this space was eventually shrunk in order to fit into an emerging vision of a family-oriented "people’s home."

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Telling Stories: Film, Fashion and "Funny Complications"

1. The M-Word: Modern or Masculine?

2. "La Garçonne is Dead!—Long Live Femininity!"

Part II: Changing Stories: Negotiating Masculinities in Sports and Automobility

3. "What We Have Learned from Our Sporting Ladies": Making Sense of the Female Athlete

4. The Chauffeuse Who Wished for a Racecar: Stories of Masculinized Women Behind the Wheel

Part III: Unfinished Stories: Queer Female Masculinities

5. In No Certain Terms: Female Masculinities and Queer Desires

6. The Desire to Desire: The Masculine Modern Woman in Fiction

Conclusion

About the Author

Jenny Ingemarsdotter holds a PhD in the History of Science and Ideas from Uppsala University and has recently concluded a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Swedish Research Council, hosted by the Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University, Sweden, and the Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture, University of Manchester, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Gender and History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS037070
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HIS044000
HISTORY / Europe / Scandinavia
HIS054000
HISTORY / Social History
HIS058000
HISTORY / Women