- not akimbo
- not arabesque
I think it's related more towards an ingenue in distress; stage and silent movie era stuff – part of the language of that era.
Today it might be used to imply sappy self-conscious melodrama – as kitsch.
THIS! ---> http://tinyurl.com/mfbh2nq
I believe there is a specific 'technical' word for that pose.
1.) Note: - not “tableau” specifically, although the pose could be held in tableau .
2.) This is the actual link - http://content.lib.washington.edu/cgi-bin/getimage.exe?CISOROOT=/social&CISOPTR=2247&DMSCALE=100.00000&DMWIDTH=800&DMHEIGHT=1004.1841004184&DMX=0&DMY=0&DMTEXT=&REC=10&DMTHUMB=0&DMROTATE=0