Between Identity and Commodity: Female Urban Experience in Vicki Baum's Menschen im Hotel Page: 1
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This paper explores the urban experience of German women in the late Weimar Republic
as portrayed in the character Flammchen in Vicki Baum's 1929 novel Menschen im Hotel.
During the Weimar Republic from 1918 to 1933, Germany's large cities appeared to offer
women financial and professional independence outside traditional gender roles. To examine
how Baum portrays women's pursuit of success and autonomy in the city, this paper analyzes the
text according to feminist theory. FlSmmchen faces sexual discrimination that limits her ability
to live and define herself independently, and she struggles with the sexualized, objectifying
image of women present in modern urban society, which represents the female body as a
commodity. While Menschen in Hotel breaks from tradition by challenging bourgeois social
values, Flammchen fails to completely break free from traditional definitions of women's roles,
reflecting women's disillusionment with the difficult pursuit of emancipation.
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Jones, Carina. Between Identity and Commodity: Female Urban Experience in Vicki Baum's Menschen im Hotel, thesis or dissertation, Spring 2012; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc146554/m1/2/: accessed May 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.