Examines the work of some two dozen little-known women artists of the Weimar period in Germany. Meskimmon explores their work as part of Weimar's burgeoning Frauenkultur (women's culture) through which women negotiated central definitions of woman on their own terms.
Part 1 Introduction - women artists in the Weimar Republic: the modern, the canon and frauenkultur; subjects and histories - situated mapping; the chapters mapped. Part 2 The prostitute: the working woman; Madonnas and Magdalens; the individual and the mass; celebrities and the press; women in public - consumer and mannequin. Part 3 The mother: "woman" of 1934; "woman-mother" -then and now; economic differences between women - the working mother; the domesticiation of politics; differences between women - race and eugenics; abortion - the right to choose; women artists and maternal subjectivity. Part 4 The hausfrau: husband, house and home; "mann und frau" - marriage, sexuality and comradeship; the household - rationalization and domestic service; children -natural bonds, social rules. Part 5 The neue frau: icons, myths and realities; labour - women as white-collar workers; the neue frau and consumerism; from stenographer to revue-girl. Part 6 The garconne: the third sex; Sapphic love; masquerade, performance and multiplicity. Part 7 Conclusions - woman as artist in the Weimar Republic: the woman as artist - re-figuring Tropes; the bio-cultural body of the woman as artist; seeing women as artists; histories and embodied female subjects.