After <i>The History of Sexuality</i>: German Genealogies With and Beyond Foucault

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Scott Spector, Helmut Puff, Dagmar Herzog
Berghahn Books, Jul 18, 2012 - History - 310 pages
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This is an important collection of essays, many of them very original and outstanding, that will further the field of history of sexuality in general and will contribute to the German historiography in particular. . Lutz Sauerteig, University of Durham

This volume provides a thought provoking and thorough engagement with various aspects of Foucault's writing, at once paying homage to core themes in the history of German sexuality and charting a course for future research...The organization, structure, and coherence of each section is very strong...Most intriguing is its blend of approaches and blurring of time, distance (the Atlantic divide in scholarship, that is), and disciplinarity. . Jennifer Evans, Carleton University

Michel Foucault's seminal "The History of Sexuality" (1976-1984) has since its publication provided a context for the emergence of critical historical studies of sexuality. This collection reassesses the state of the historiography on sexuality-a field in which the German case has been traditionally central. In many diverse ways, the Foucauldian intervention has governed the formation of questions in the field as well as the assumptions about how some of these questions should be answered. It can be argued, however, that some of these revolutionary insights have ossified into dogmas or truisms within the field. Yet, as these contributions meticulously reveal, those very truisms, when revisited with a fresh eye, can lead to new, unexpected insights into the history of sexuality, necessitating a return to and reinterpretation of Foucault's richly complex work. This volume will be necessary reading for students of historical sexuality as well as for those readers in German history and German studies generally who have an interest in the history of sexuality.

Scott Spector is Professor in the Department of History and Professor and Chair of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Helmut Puff is Professor in the Departments of History and Germanic Languages at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dagmar Herzog is Distinguished Professor of History and Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of New York."

 

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Contents

Introduction After the History of Sexuality? Periodicities Subjectivities Ethics
1
Section I When Was Sexuality? Rethinking Periodization
15
Chapter 1 After the History of Male Homosexuality
17
New Chronologies Same Old Problem?
31
Chapter 3 Interior States and Sexuality in Early Modern Germany
43
PostFoucauldian Literary History and the Poetics of Taboo in a Premodern German Love Song Walther von der Vogelweides Lindenlied
63
Heinrich Hössli and the Liberals of His Day
76
Section II Whose Sexuality? Subjectivity Surveillance Emancipation
91
Herculine Barbin Meets Liebe Marta
169
Section III The Politics of Sexual Ethics
183
A Return to Subjectivity in the History of Sexuality
185
A Values Debate in the Culture Wars between Conservatism Liberalism and MoralNational Renewal
202
The Case of Günter Dörner
216
Relationship Counseling in the GDR in the Wake of the 1965 Family Law Code
231
Discourses on Sexuality on the Radical Left in West Germany 19691972
248
Postscript Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again
282

Chapter 6 Anna Rüling Michel Foucault and the Tactical Polyvalance of the Female Homosexual
95
The Surveillance of Homosexuality in Imperial Berlin
109
Knowing and Not Knowing about Male Prostitution by Soldiers in Imperial Germany
124
Prostitutes Professional Identities and Political Organization in Weimar Germany
139
Rethinking Respectability in the Weimar Homosexual Womens Movement
156
Select Bibliography
287
Contributors
298
Index
302
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Scott Spector is Professor in the Department ofHistory and Professor and Chair of Germanic Languages and Literaturesat the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His book PragueTerritories: National Conflict and Cultural Innovation in FranzKafka's Fin de Siècle won the DAAD/GSA Prize for best Historybook in German studies (1999-2000). His forthcoming book is entitledViolent Sensations: Sexuality, Crime, and Utopia in Vienna andBerlin, 1860-1914.

Helmut Puff is Associate Professor in theDepartments of History and Germanic Languages at the University ofMichigan, Ann Arbor. His research focuses on history, literature,culture, gender, and sexuality in the late medieval and early modernperiods, primarily in German-speaking Europe. His publications includeSodomy in Reformation Germany and Switzerland, 1400-1600(2003) and Zwischen den Disziplinen? Perspektiven derFrühneuzeitforschung (co-edited with Christopher Wild, 2003).

Dagmar Herzogis Professor of History and DanielRose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of NewYork. She is the author of Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-CenturyHistory (2011), Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution andthe Future of American Politics (2008), Sex after Fascism:Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany (2005) andIntimacy and Exclusion: Religious Politics in Pre-RevolutionaryBaden (1996) and the editor of Lessons and Legacies VII: TheHolocaust in International Perspective (2006).

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