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Peer-reviewed article by PhD candidate Stephanie Weber is published in Utopia Studies

January 25, 2023

PhD candidate Stephanie Weber (MA 2020) published a peer-reviewed article in Utopian Studies.

Titled "Gender, Race, Color, Glass: A Reading of Clothing and Decoration in Paul Scheerbart's Glass Utopias," the article revisits the utopian fiction of German science-fiction writer and poet Paul Scheerbart, considering the place of race and gender in his fantastical glass architectural spaces. This is primarily done through a reading of clothing and decoration in these texts, elements that are often explicitly mentioned in relation to women and people of color. Historical context concerning modernist paradigms, metaphorical interpretations of architectural glass, the connection between clothing and architecture, and the place of women in the Werkbund provides a framework that serves to extrapolate the significance of some of Scheerbart’s narrative elements, demonstrating the ways Scheerbart’s philosophies both aligned with and departed from the modernist trends that were gaining force during his career. His constant self-contradiction, humor, and absurdist plots, however, undermine any notion that Scheerbart’s fiction should be understood as straightforward polemics, and serve to complicate his position within the philosophical traditions he has been aligned with.

Access the article here.

Scheebart-Glass-House Paul Scheerbart, Glass Houses: Bruno Taut’s Glass Palace at the Cologne Werkbund Exhibition, March 1914. Technische Monatschefte: Technik für Alle. Baukunstarchive, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

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