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    Language: English
    In: Oxford German Studies, 01 June 2015, Vol.44(2), pp.177-198
    Description: From its fin-de-siècle inception against the backdrop of Wilhelmine-era body culture and Lebensreform movements, the liberal German periodical Geschlecht und Gesellschaft consistently worked to push the boundaries of sexual discourse within a framework of bourgeois respectability. Until the end of World War I, it did so by prioritizing aesthetic discourse, with contributors undertaking progressive, sexually explicit readings of the Western canon, challenging controversial censorship decisions - using 'high' culture to appeal to an educated Bildungsbürgertum readership - and exploring a new Darwinian-inspired sexual ethics. While the institutional and intellectual history of the furor sexualis as a paradigm of modernity has largely been mapped since Foucault, with historians charting the 'scientification', 'biologization' and 'medicalization' of German society in early twentieth-century modernity, this article positions aesthetic discourse as a key aspect of the pursuit of the truth of sex. It also shows how this cultural paradigm largely disappeared in the Weimar era, when shifts in middle-class demographics led to an increasing focus on science in discussions of sex. [Es scheint] mir angebracht, sich klar zu werden, was die Erotik in der Kunst, wie sie in unserm Buch zum Ausdruck kommt, bezweckt. Sie dient als Ausflußbett für alle Regungen im Menschen, die sexuellen Timbre haben und sich im Liebesleben nicht erschöpfen. Ihr Maß ist ein erhebliches, wird aber immer noch so völlig unterschätzt, daß man nicht klar und laut genug von ihrem Dasein sprechen kann. Emil Schultze-Malkowsky, 'Die Erotik in der Kunst' (1908)
    Keywords: Geschlecht Und Gesellschaft ; Aesthetics ; Sexuality ; Class ; Bourgeoisie ; Censorship ; Canon ; Ethics ; Sexual Morality ; Respectability ; Darwin ; Scientification ; Sexology ; History & Archaeology ; Languages & Literatures
    ISSN: 0078-7191
    E-ISSN: 1745-9214
    Source: Taylor & Francis (Taylor & Francis Group)
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