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Author Leck, Ralph Matthew, 1961-

Title Vita sexualis : Karl Ulrichs and the origins of sexual science / Ralph M. Leck
Published Urbana, Chicago : University of Illinois Press, 2016
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Contents Preface: post-victorians and sexual science -- Acknowledgments -- Motifs in sexual science -- Inventing sexual liberalism -- The epistemic politics of nature -- The science of agape -- Sexual degeneration and bourgeois culture : from eduard reich to max nordau -- Normalizing the marquis de sade : ivan bloch and historical sexology -- Afterword: ulrichs street and epistemic politics -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Karl Ulrichs's studies of sexual diversity galvanized the burgeoning field of sexual science in the nineteenth century. But in the years since, his groundbreaking activism has overshadowed his scholarly achievements. Ulrichs publicly defied Prussian law to agitate for gay equality and marriage, and founded the world's first organization dedicated to the legal and social emancipation of homosexuals. Ralph M. Leck returns Ulrichs to his place as the inventor of the science of sexual heterogeneity. Leck's analysis situates sexual science in a context that includes politcs, aesthetics, the languages of science, and the ethics of gender. Although he was the greatest nineteenth-century scholar os sexual heterogeneity, Ulrichs retained certain traditional conjectures about gender. Leck recognizes these subtleties and employs the analytical concepts of modernist vita sexualis and traditional psychopathia sexualis to articulate philosophical and cultural differences among sexologists. Original and audacious, Vita Sexualis uses a bedrock figure's scientific and politcal innovations to open new insights into the history of sexual science, legal systems, and Western amatory codes. -- from back cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ulrichs, Karl Heinrich, 1825-1895.
Homosexuality -- Research -- Germany.
Homosexuality -- Research.
Sexology -- History.
Sexology -- Germany -- History.
Homosexuality -- history.
History, 19th Century.
Research -- history.
Sexology -- history.
Genre/Form History.
Handbooks and manuals.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0252098188 (electronic bk.)
9780252098185 (electronic bk.)