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Different from the Others
German and Dutch Discourses of Queer Femininity and Female Desire, 1918–1940
368 pages, 8 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-093-9 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (November 2022)
eISBN 978-1-80073-094-6 eBook
“Different from the Others is a synthetic and original study. The conceptualization is very sophisticated and the author’s ability to use sexological literature… and other print sources to address questions of identity are extremely compelling.” • Robert Beachy, Yonsei University
For much of Europe, the interwar period was one of cultural expansion and diversion and increased visibility for lesbians. While historical research on Germany during the period immediately after the First World War has been extensively studied by historians through the lens of gender and sexuality—with an implicit emphasis on the “masculine” dimension of queer female sexuality—the Dutch context has been virtually ignored. Through careful and sensitive studies of medico‐social discourses, media representations, and literary depictions of queer femininity, Different from the Others recovers the submerged history of queer feminine women in both Germany and the Netherlands. Cyd Sturgess provides a theoretical analysis that makes key empirical contributions to the history of Dutch gays and lesbians while reframing our collective understanding of queer femininity more broadly.
Cyd Sturgess is a queer literary and cultural historian, who works as a Leverhulme postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University. Lecturing on themes of gender and desire in the media, Cyd's latest research project concerns issues of identity and precarity in community-based film festivals and the queering of documentary and archival practices.
Subject: Gender Studies and SexualityHistory: World War IHistory: 20th Century to Present
Area: Northern EuropeGermany
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