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

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After The History of Sexuality

German Genealogies with and Beyond Foucault

Edited by Scott Spector, Helmut Puff, and Dagmar Herzog

318 pages, 8 ills, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-373-0 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (July 2012)

ISBN  978-0-85745-937-4 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (July 2012)

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“This book is required reading for any student entering the terrain of Foucauldian sexuality studies and for any scholar already engaged with the intricacies of Michel Foucault’s work… Overall, this volume makes an important contribution to the academic debates and provides a timely reminder of context-specific, institutional definitions of sexuality and an individual’s or community’s power to support or challenge them.  ·  German Studies Review

The ability to go back to and beyond Foucault seems to be genuinely liberating [as shown] in this excellent collection of essays—ranging in period from the medieval to the twentieth century…This new focus on resistance as well as on discipline, and on milieux as well as on discourses, is highly refreshing. The authors are to be commended for their bold and self-critical venture. They open up the possibility of a less reverential, but more complex and insightful assessment of Foucault’s work. It is pleasing to see German historiography at the head of this exciting new trend.”  ·  German History

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.

Subject: History (General) Gender Studies and Sexuality Cultural Studies (General) Sociology
Area: Germany


List of Figures

Introduction: After the History of Sexuality? Periodicities, Subjectivities, Ethics
Scott Spector


Chapter 1. After the History of (Male) Homosexuality
Helmut Puff

Chapter 2. Sexual Identity and Other Aspects of ‘Modern’ Sexuality: New Chronologies, Same Old Problem?
Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Chapter 3. Interior States and Sexuality in Early Modern Germany
Ulinka Rublack

Chapter 4. Saying It With Flowers: Post-Foucauldian Literary History and the Poetics of Taboo in a Premodern German Love Song (Walther von der Vogelweide’s Under der linden)
Andreas Krass

Chapter 5. Early Nineteenth-Century Sexual Radicalism: Heinrich Hössli and the Liberals of His Day
Robert Deam Tobin


Chapter 6. Anna Rüling, Michel Foucault, and the ‘Tactical Polyvalence’ of the Female Homosexual
Kirsten Leng

Chapter 7. To Police and Protect: The Surveillance of Homosexuality in Imperial Berlin
Robert Beachy

Chapter 8. Soliciting Fantasies:  Knowing and Not-Knowing about Male Prostitution by Soldiers in Imperial Germany
Jeffrey Schneider

Chapter 9. Between Normalization and Resistance: Prostitutes’ Professional Identities and Political Organization in Weimar Germany
Julia Roos

Chapter 10. Writing Love, Feeling Shame: Rethinking Respectability in the Weimar Homosexual Women’s Movement
Marti Lybeck

Chapter 11. Transsexual: Herculine Barbin Meets ‘Liebe Marta
Philipp Sarasin


Chapter 12. Beyond Freedom: A Return to Subjectivity in the History of Sexuality
Tracie Matysik

Chapter 13. Homosexuality in the Sexual Ethics of the 1930s: A Values Debate in the Culture Warsbetween Conservatism, Liberalism, and Moral-National Renewal
Andreas Pretzel

Chapter 14. Socialist Eugenics and Homosexuality in the GDR: The Case of Günter Dörner
Florian G. Mildenberger

Chapter 15. Sex, Sentiment, and Socialism: Relationship Counseling in the GDR in the Wake of the 1965 Family Law Code
Erik Huneke

Chapter 16. Longing, Lust, Violence, Liberation: Discourses on Sexuality on the Radical Left in West Germany, 1969-1972
Massimo Perinelli

Postscript: Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again
Dagmar Herzog

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