Modernism and Masculinity
Mann, Wedekind, Kandinsky through World War I
But their critique of masculinity created enormous challenges: How could they appropriate a feminine aesthetic while retaining their own masculine idenitites? How did appropiating the feminine affect their personal relationships or their political views? Modernism and Masculinity seeks to answer these questions. In this absorbing combination of biography and formal critique, Izenberg reconsiders the works of Mann, Wedekind, Kandinsky and semonstrates how the cirses of masculinity they endure are found not just within the images and forms of their art, but in the distinct and very personal impulses that inspired it.
Introduction Modernism, Masculinity, Method
1. Frank Wedekind and the Femininity of Freedom
2. Thomas Mann and the Feminine Passion for Transcendence
3. Wassily Kandinsky and the Origins of Abstraction