Embodied Histories: New Womanhood in Vienna, 1894–1934 (Paperback)

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Explores the emergence of a new womanhood in turn-of-the-century Vienna.
In Embodied Histories, historian Katya Motyl explores the everyday acts of defiance that formed the basis for new, unconventional forms of womanhood in early twentieth-century Vienna. The figures Motyl brings back to life defied gender conformity, dressed in new ways, behaved brashly, and expressed themselves freely, overturning assumptions about what it meant to exist as a woman.
Motyl delves into how these women inhabited and reshaped the urban landscape of Vienna, an increasingly modern, cosmopolitan city. Specifically, she focuses on the ways that easily overlooked quotidian practices such as loitering outside cafés and wandering through city streets helped create novel conceptions of gender. Exploring the emergence of a new womanhood, Embodied Histories presents a new account of how gender, the body, and the city merge with and transform each other, showing how our modes of being are radically intertwined with the spaces we inhabit.

About the Author

Katya Motyl is assistant professor of history, as well as Affiliate Faculty of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and the Global Studies Program at Temple University.

Praise For…

“Motyl’s fascinating study of new womanhood is an extraordinarily important contribution to the recent, revisionist histories of modernist Vienna that reveal the body’s centrality to that city’s culture and society. Employing an impressive array of aural, visual, and written sources, this volume examines how Viennese culture shaped gender from the fin-de-siècle through Austria’s February 1934 Civil War.”
— Nancy M. Wingfield, author of The World of Prostitution in Late Imperial Austria

“In her superb new study of Viennese women, Motyl explores the real-life practices of a range of ‘new women’ during and after the First World War. Moving beyond approaches that treat the ‘new woman’ as a discursive or political phenomenon, she instead explores women’s everyday life practices. By tracing her subjects’ bodily routines, Motyl’s remarkably original work gives radical new meanings to the concept of a ‘new woman.’”
— Pieter M. Judson, author of The Habsburg Empire: A New History
Product Details
ISBN: 9780226832166
ISBN-10: 0226832163
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: April 29th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English