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The Naked Truth: Viennese Modernism and the Body

Alys X. George


The Naked Truth is an interdisciplinary cultural history of the body in the long Viennese fin de siècle (1870–1938). Though often described in terms of a fascination with the psyche, modernist cultural production in Vienna was also uniquely attuned to the body. This book recovers the forgotten history of the human body in Viennese modernism, recasting the era’s visual, literary, and performative cultures through a focus on the corporeal. In charting the complex interplay of the physical and the aesthetic, it proposes an alternative genealogy for and a new interpretation of Viennese modernism. ... More

Keywords: history of body, body culture, Vienna, modernism, Viennese modernism, fin de siècle, First Austrian Republic, Red Vienna, cultural history, cultural studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226669984
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226695006.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alys X. George, author
New York University