English Literary Sexology: Translations of Inversion, by H. Bauer

By H. Bauer

It truly is renowned that a lot of our sleek vocabulary of intercourse emerged inside of nineteenth-century German sexology. yet how have been the 'German principles' translated and transmitted into English tradition? This examine offers an exam of the formation of sexual idea among the 1860s and Thirties and its migration throughout nationwide and disciplinary limitations.

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88 While the Institut is today best known for its work with homosexuals, it offered support to a far wider range of the population. 91 By that time, Hirschfeld had long since left Germany. In 1930, recognising the threat of Nazism, he went on a world lecturing tour, which took him to Britain and North America, but also as far as Japan, the Philippines, India, Egypt and Palestine. 92 Hirschfeld never returned and died in exile in France in 1935. 94 From a Jewish family of doctors from the Baltic seaside town of Kolberg,95 he initially studied languages and philosophy before beginning his medical training, which took him east to west, south to north, at the universities of Breslau, Strasbourg, Munich, Heidelberg and finally Berlin from where he graduated.

In 1867, the year in which Hanover officially came under Prussia’s political reign, Ulrichs addressed the German legal congress at its sixth meeting in Munich. 20 He outlined the case for his formal appeal in a speech entitled ‘Das Naturräthsel der Urningliebe und der Irrtum als [sic] Gesetzgeber’ [Nature’s Riddle of Urning Love and the Error of the Legislator], which argued that sex is a natural rather than a social phenomenon and hence not within the remit of the law. 21 In the face of nationalization, then, Ulrichs deliberately emphasised the meta-national qualities of ‘inversion’.

Chapter 2 scrutinises further the precarious faultline between sexological expert and layperson by focusing on the emergence of sexology in Britain. It argues that unlike the Continental scientia sexualis, which emerged within the medico-forensic realm, British sexology is closely tied to the cultural and, especially, the literary sphere. The chapter re-examines the contributions of John Addington Symonds, Havelock Ellis and Edward Carpenter to sexual theory in Britain including how they engaged in processes of translation between languages, genres and contexts when formulating their ideas.

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