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Body by Weimar: Athletes, Gender, and German Modernity

Erik N. Jensen


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 thre ... More

Keywords: Weimar Germany, modernity, athletes, gender, body, boxing, tennis, track and field, rationalization, roaring twenties, cultural icons

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195395648
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395648.001.0001


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Erik N. Jensen, author
Miami University
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