Performative Beauty in Gina Kaus’ Die Verliebten: A Psychological Struggle
Julia Silvia Feldhaus

The following study analyzes the psychological changes that women underwent during the Weimar Republic while trying to emulate the New Woman’s media-driven image. I argue that through the interpretation of Gina Kaus’ novel Die Verliebten, we can draw the conclusion that the successful adoption of the New Woman image during the 1920s required a compromise from women, who had to balance their emotional predispositions (desires, wishes, wants) against the new mold that the public and media demanded of them, and that this balancing act proved psychologically stressful for them.

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