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Genders and Sexualities in History
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Sexual Culture in Germany in the 1970s

A Golden Age for Queers?

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

  • 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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About this book

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).

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: January 15, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27427-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: December 18, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27426-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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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
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 276
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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