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Genders and Sexualities in History

Sexual Culture in Germany in the 1970s

A Golden Age for Queers?

Editors: Afken, Janin, Wolf, Benedikt (Eds.)

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  • Explores the historical construction of the 1970s as a legendary decade in LGBT culture in the two German states 
  • Examines how cultural production fuelled this image and investigates the revolutionary strategies and potential of the period 
  • Features a wealth of sources, including analysis of both canonized and marginalized texts and films originating in and focusing on this decade 
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This book is the first attempt to present a comprehensive picture of LGBT culture in the two German states in the 1970s. Starting from the common view of the decade between the moderation of the German anti-sodomy law in 1968 (East) and 1969 (West) and the first documented case of AIDS (1982) as a ‘golden age’ for queer politics and culture, this edited collection traces the way this impression has been shaped by cultural production. The chapters ask: What exactly made the 1970s a 'legendary decade'? What was its revolutionary potential and what were its path-breaking political and aesthetic strategies? Which elements, movements and memories had to be marginalized in order to facilitate the historical construction of the 'legendary decade'? Exploring the complex picture of gay, lesbian and – to a lesser extent – trans cultures from this time, the volume provides fascinating insights into both canonized and marginalized texts and films from and about the decade.


About the authors

Janin Afken is Research Assistant at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Her publications include 'Geschlechterbilder/Sexualität” in Stefan-Zweig-Handbuch (2018).

Benedikt Wolf is Research Associate at Bielefeld University, Germany. His publications include Penetrierte Männlichkeit. Sexualität und Poetik in deutschsprachigen Erzähltexten der literarischen Moderne (1905–1969) (2018), and “Queer Writing” (co-authored with Andreas Krass) in The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Berlin (2017).

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Chronology 1968–1982

    Pages 1-6

    Afken, Janin (et al.)

  • Introduction: Constructing and Revisiting the Golden Age of Queer Sexual Culture in Germany

    Pages 7-29

    Wolf, Benedikt (et al.)

  • ‘We Were so Turned On’: Reflections on Queer(ing) Past and Memory

    Pages 33-55

    Hochreiter, Susanne

  • Queer Fictions of Berlin: Gender Trouble in Cabaret (1971) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

    Pages 57-86

    Krass, Andreas

  • Perversion of Society: Rosa von Praunheim and Martin Dannecker’s Film It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, but the Society in Which He Lives (1971) as the Initiation of the Golden Age of the Radical Left Gay Movement in West Germany

    Pages 89-117

    Henze, Patrick

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Hardcover £89.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sexual Culture in Germany in the 1970s
Book Subtitle
A Golden Age for Queers?
Editors
  • Janin Afken
  • Benedikt Wolf
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27427-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27427-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27426-9
Series ISSN
2730-9479
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 295
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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