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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Der Mann als Erlöser? : Geschlechterkampf und Hoffnungsdiskurs bei Oskar Kokoschka und Dea Loher
The man as saviour. The battle of the sexes and the discourse of hope in Oskar Kokoschka and Dea Loher
The expressionist painter and dramatist Oskar Kokoschka performed in 1909 his one-act play Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen in the Garden Theatre of the International Art Exhibition in Vienna, which earned him the scanalous aura of the artist who was the "Oberwildling". In 1997 Dea Loher's Drama Blaubart - Hoffnung der Frauen was performed for the first time, the title of which refers to Kokoschka. This contribution will compare the versions of the battle of the sexes, which derive from different cultural contexts, to characterise female hopes with relation to men (in the times of the manliness crises around 1900 and 2000) and to interpret the irritating titles.
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