[Msa-discuss] New book examines Magnus Hirschfeld's archive and the violence of modern queer culture

Gary Kramer gkramer at temple.edu
Fri May 19 12:46:32 EDT 2017

*For a review copy, please email Gary Kramer <gkramer at temple.edu>*

*Now available from Temple University Press:*

[image: Hirschfeld Archive]

*The Hirschfeld Archive Violence, Death, and Modern Queer Culture
<http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/2432_reg.html>**Heike Bauer*

Publication Date: June 23, 2017
230 pages, 7 halftones, 6 x 9"
Paper: 978-1-4399-1433-5 $34.95

* Examines the violence of queer existence in the first part of the
twentieth century*

Influential sexologist and activist Magnus Hirschfeld founded Berlin’s
Institute of Sexual Sciences in 1919 as a home and workplace to study
homosexual rights activism and support transgender people. It was destroyed
by the Nazis in 1933. This episode in history prompted Heike Bauer to ask,
Is violence an intrinsic part of modern queer culture? *The Hirschfeld
Archives: Violence, Death, and Modern Queer Culture
<http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/2432_reg.html>* (Publication Date:
June 23, 2017) answers this critical question by examining the violence
that shaped queer existence in the first part of the twentieth century.

Hirschfeld himself escaped the Nazis, and many of his papers and
publications survived. Bauer examines his accounts of same-sex life from
published and unpublished writings, as well as books, articles, diaries,
films, photographs and other visual materials, to scrutinize how
violence—including persecution, death and suicide—shaped the development of
homosexual rights and political activism.

*The Hirschfeld Archives*
<http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/2432_reg.html> brings these
fragments of queer experience together to reveal many unknown and
interesting accounts of LGBTQ life in the early twentieth century, but also
to illuminate the fact that homosexual rights politics were haunted from
the beginning by racism, colonial brutality, and gender violence.

* In the series * Sexuality Studies
<http://www.temple.edu/tempress/sexual_studies.html>*, edited by Janice
Irvine and Regina Kunzel*

* Heike Bauer* is a Senior Lecturer in English and Gender Studies at
Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of *English
Literary Sexology: Translations of Inversion, 1860–1930*, the editor of *Women
and Cross-Dressing, 1800–1939 *and *Sexology and Translation: Cultural and
Scientific Encounters across the Modern World
<http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/2363_reg.html>* (Temple), and the
co-editor (with Matt Cook) of *Queer 1950s: Rethinking Sexuality in the
Postwar Years*.
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