Stepchildren of Nature: Krafft-Ebing, Psychiatry, and the Making of Sexual Identity

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University of Chicago Press, 2000 - 321 pagine
Psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902) played a key role in the construction of the modern concept of sexuality. As the author of the famous Psychopathia sexualis, he named and classified virtually all nonprocreative sexualities, synthesizing knowledge on sadism, masochism, fetishism, homosexuality, and exhibitionism. His influence on the study of sexuality cannot be overstated, but it is often misunderstood. In the wake of Michel Foucault's influential sexual histories, Krafft-Ebing is often maligned as a contributor to the repressed Victorian construction of sexual deviancy.

But in this powerful new cultural history Harry Oosterhuis invites us to reconsider the quality and extent of Krafft-Ebing's influence. Revisiting the case studies on which Krafft-Ebing based his findings, and thus drawing on the voices of his patients and informants, Oosterhuis finds that Krafft-Ebing was not the harsh judge of perversions that we think he was. He argues that Krafft-Ebing had a deep appreciation of the psyche, and that his work reveals an attempt to separate sexual deviancies from ideas of immorality. In the tradition of Freud, then, Krafft-Ebing should stand not as a villain, but as a contributor to more modern notions of sexual identity.
 

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STEPCHILDREN OF NATURE: Krafft-Ebing, Psychiatry, and the Making of Sexual Identity

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Long regarded as a prim and repressive Victorian, psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902) emerges in this analysis as an innovator in the scientific study of sexuality.Oosterhuis (Gay Men ... Leggi recensione completa

Stepchildren of nature: Krafft-Ebing, psychiatry, and the making of sexual identity

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The legacy of Viennese psychiatrist Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902) rests largely on his well-known Psychopathia Sexualis, a collection of case studies and an attempt to classify sexual "deviance ... Leggi recensione completa

Indice

Introduction
8
MEDICAL SCIENCE AND
19
The Emergence of Sexual Science
25
Forensic Medicine and Psychiatry
37
Classifying and Explaining Perversion
43
The Psychology of Sexual Desire
56
PART II
76
Degeneration Theory
100
Orgies of Fantasy
174
The Comfort of Togetherness
185
For Science and Humanity
195
PART IV
212
Romantic Love Intimacy and the Sexual Self
231
The Birth of the Modern Homosexual
241
PressureCooker Vienna
259
PART V
276

Professional Controversies
113
Sexual Disorder in the Asylum and in Court
131
Plato Was Not a Filthy Swine
139
Superior Degenerates
152
Bibliography
287
Index
311
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Informazioni sull'autore (2000)

Harry Oosterhuis teaches history at the University of Maastricht. He is the author of Homosexuality and Male Bonding in Pre-Nazi Germany and the coauthor of Gay Men and the Sexual History of the Political Left.

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