Peripheral Desires

As Germany—and German-speaking Europe—became a fertile ground for homosexual subcultures in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, what factors helped construct the sexuality that emerged? Peripheral Desires examines how and why the political, scientific and literary culture of the region produced the modern vocabulary of sexuality.

Peripheral Desires
The German Discovery of Sex

Robert Deam Tobin

2015 | 328 pages | Cloth $69.95
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Table of Contents

Preface. Peripheral Desires

Introduction. 1869—Urnings, Homosexuals, and Inverts
Chapter 1. Swiss Eros: Hössli and Zschokke, Legacies and Contexts
Chapter 2. The Greek Model and Its Masculinist Appropriation
Chapter 3. Jews and Homosexuals
Chapter 4. "Homosexuality" and the Politics of the Nation in Austria, Hungary, and Austria-Hungary
Chapter 5. Colonialism and Sexuality: German Perspectives on Samoa
Chapter 6. Swiss Universities: The Emancipated Woman and the Third Sex
Chapter 7. Thomas Mann's Erotic Irony: The Dialectics of Sexuality in Venice
Chapter 8. Pederasty in Palestine: Sexuality and Nationality in Arnold Zweig's De Vriendt kehrt heim
Conclusion. American Legacies of the German Discovery of Sex