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(Lustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany.pdf) In a book that confronts our society s obsession with sexual violence Maria Tatar seeks the meaning behind one of the most disturbing images of twentieth century Western culture the violated female corpse This image is so prevalent in painting literature film and most recently in mass media that we rarely question what is at stake in its representation Tatar however challenges us to consider what is taking place both artistically and socially in the construction and circulation of scenes depicting sexual murder In examining images of sexual murder Lustmord she produces a riveting study of how art and murder have intersected in the sexual politics of culture from Weimar Germany to the present Tatar focuses attention on the politically turbulent Weimar Republic often viewed as the birthplace of a transgressive avant garde modernism where representations of female sexual mutilation abound Here a revealing episode in the gender politics of cultural production unfolds as male artists and writers working in a society consumed by fear of outside threats envision women as enemies that can be contained and mastered through transcendent artistic expression Not only does Tatar show that male artists openly identified with real life sexual murderers George Grosz posed as Jack the Ripper in a photograph where his model and future wife was the target of his knife but she also reveals the ways in which victims were disavowed and erased Tatar first analyzes actual cases of sexual murder that aroused wide public interest in Weimar Germany She then considers how the representation of murdered women in visual and literary works functions as a strategy for managing social andsexual anxieties and shows how violence against women can be linked to the war trauma to urban pathologies and to the politics of cultural production and biological reproduction In exploring the complex relationship between victim and agent in cases of sexual murder Tatar explains how the roles came to be destabilized and reversed turning the perpetrator of criminal deeds into a defenseless victim of seductive evil Throughout the West today the creation of similar ideological constructions still occurs in societies that have only recently begun to validate the voices of its victims Maria Tatar s book opens up an important discussion for readers seeking to understand the forces behind sexual violence and its portrayal in the cultural media throughout this centuryDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Lustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany books for multiple devices.