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The Hirschfeld archives : violence, death, and modern queer culture

Author: Heike Bauer
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2017.
Series: Sexuality studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Influential sexologist and activist Magnus Hirschfeld founded Berlin's Institute of Sexual Sciences in 1919 as a home and workplace to study homosexual rights activism and support transgender people. It was destroyed by the Nazis in 1933. This episode in history prompted Heike Bauer to ask, Is violence an intrinsic part of modern queer culture? The Hirschfeld Archives answers this critical question by examining the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Archives
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heike Bauer
ISBN: 9781439914328 143991432X 9781439914335 1439914338
OCLC Number: 962232105
Description: xi, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Sexuality studies.
Responsibility: Heike Bauer.

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"Influential sexologist and activist Magnus Hirschfeld founded Berlin's Institute of Sexual Sciences in 1919 as a home and workplace to study homosexual rights activism and support transgender people. It was destroyed by the Nazis in 1933. This episode in history prompted Heike Bauer to ask, Is violence an intrinsic part of modern queer culture? The Hirschfeld Archives answers this critical question by examining the violence that shaped queer existence in the first part of the twentieth century. Hirschfeld himself escaped the Nazis, and many of his papers and publications survived. Bauer examines his accounts of same-sex life from published and unpublished writings, as well as books, articles, diaries, films, photographs and other visual materials, to scrutinize how violence--including persecution, death and suicide--shaped the development of homosexual rights and political activism. The Hirschfeld Archives brings these fragments of queer experience together to reveal many unknown and interesting accounts of LGBTQ life in the early twentieth century, but also to illuminate the fact that homosexual rights politics were haunted from the beginning by racism, colonial brutality, and gender violence"--
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