Schaffner, Anna Katharina (2011) Modernism and Perversion: Sexual Deviance in Sexology and Literature, 1850–1930. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 344 pp. ISBN 9780230231634.
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The second half of the nineteenth and the early years of the twentieth century saw a growing preoccupation with sexual perversion: in particular homosexuality, sadism, masochism, fetishism, voyeurism and exhibitionism. Charting the intellectual history of the construction of the perversions in German, French and English sexology in this period,Anna Schaffnerexplores the decisive role played by literary representations of deviant sexualities in the formation of sexological knowledge. Just as sexologists, including Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Alfred Binet, Havelock Ellis, Magnus Hirschfeld, Iwan Bloch and Sigmund Freud, relied upon the literary, so major modernist writers such as Georges Bataille, Franz Kafka, D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Mann and Marcel Proust were in turn influenced by sexological conceptions. Focusing on the interdisciplinary exchanges between literature and sexology, Schaffner illuminates the pivotal role these modernists played in re-evaluating the perversions and paving the way for the transformation of the idea of sexual deviance into that of sexual difference.
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
|Divisions:||Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature|
|Depositing User:||Fiona Godfrey|
|Date Deposited:||13 Aug 2012 10:59|
|Last Modified:||14 Aug 2012 10:17|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30098 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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