Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics

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7.4 X 0.9 X 9.1 inches | 2.12 pounds

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About the Author

Elizabeth Otto is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA


Haunted Bauhaus is as eye-opening as it is door-opening... Haunted by utopian aspirations and its own history, the Bauhaus helped remake (and unmake) the world in ways its founders could never have anticipated.


Otto shows us that the dominant Bauhaus narrative erased valuable stories. One realizes that there cannot be one complete account of the non-compliant lives that passed through its doors. Yet, by tying these hidden and diverse stories together, the book provides a necessary starting point for future investigations into our marginalized pasts.


Example after example, [Elizabeth] Otto expands our view of a legendary institution, finally freeing it from the limiting confines of a tired old narrative. It's about time, she convinces us, to widen and refocus the scope of scholarly inquiry into the Bauhaus in order to truly understand its contemporary significance.

--The Brooklyn Rail

Certainly it is not incorrect to discuss the Bauhaus as a model of rational modernism. Real-estate agents and antique dealers have long adopted the name of the school thus, as a pleasant catchphrase. But Otto pointedly reveals that which almost inevitably must be omitted from such a perspective: the approach of the Weimar- and then Dessau-based design school was more occult, spiritual, queer, and politically radical than can be expressed by the general formula, "Bauhaus style."

--Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung