Chaos and Classicism: The New Woman

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Atina Grossmann, Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Cooper Union, New York, discusses the emergence of the “New Woman” in Weimar Germany and beyond during the interwar period. This “New Woman,” she describes, had an increased economic importance as a new worker in rationalized industries and a changed political role as an enfranchised citizen. Grossman elaborates on the tripartite social and cultural role of the “New Woman” in the face of the crisis of modernity sparked by World War I—she is at once the villain, the victim, and the salvation in this new, modern age.

For more information, visit Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918–1936.