8/04/2012

BODY BY WEIMAR



ISBN-13: 978-0-19-539564-8
Writer: Erik N. Jensen
Title: Body by Weimar
Edition: First Edition
Language: English
Place of Publication: New York
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year of Publication: 2010
Format: 236x152mm
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 19 black and white pictures
Binding: Hardcover
Original Price: USD 50.00
Weight: N/A
Entry No.: On order
Entry Date: To be announced


BOOK DESCRIPTION


Body by Weimar
argues that male and female athletes fundamentally recast gender roles during Germany's turbulent post-World War I years and established the basis for a modern body and modern sensibility that remain with us to this day. Athletes in the 1920s took the same techniques that were streamlining factories and offices and applied them to maximizing the efficiency of their own flesh and bones. Sportswomen and men embodied modernity - quite literally - in all of its competitive, time-oriented excess and thereby helped to popularize, and even to naturalize, the sometimes threatening process of economic rationalization by linking it to their own personal success stories. Enthroned by the media as the new cultural icons, athletes radiated sexual empowerment, social mobility, and self-determination. Champions in tennis, boxing, and track and field showed their fans how to be “modern,” and, in the process, sparked heated debates over the limits of the physical body, the obligations of citizens to the state, and the relationship between the sexes. If the images and debates in this book strike readers as familiar, it might well be because the ideal body of today - sleek, efficient, and equally available to men and women - received its first articulation in the fertile tumult of Germany's roaring twenties. After more than eighty years, we still want the Weimar body.





2/14/2012

NACKTKULTUR


Writer: Ph. Küble
Title: Nacktkultur
Subtitle: Eine Volksschrift
Language: German
Place of Publication: Düsseldorf
Publisher: Jugendführungsverlag Düsseldorf
Year of Publication: 1926
Format: 127x189mm
Pages: 176 printed on newsprint
Binding: Red cloth in faded spine title
Weight: 188gr.
Entry No.: 2012004
Entry Date: 14th  February 2012