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    Suicidal subjects: translation and the emotional foundations of Magnus Hirschfeld’s sexology

    Bauer, Heike (2015) Suicidal subjects: translation and the emotional foundations of Magnus Hirschfeld’s sexology. In: Bauer, Heike (ed.) Sexology and Translation: Cultural and Scientific Encounters Across the Modern World. Sexuality Studies. Philadelphia, U.S.: Temple University Press, pp. 233-252. ISBN 9781439912492.

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    Attention to translation between languages can offer glimpses at the elusive evidence of past emotions and the circumstance in which they are formed. This uses a translation framework to examines the writings on homosexual death and suicide by the Jewish sexologist and homosexual rights activist Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935). It is prompted by the realization that while we know of many queer lives which have ended tragically as a result of legal persecution, violent attack or the inability to cope with heteronormative social and emotional pressures, we know surprisingly little about the traumatic impact of these deaths on the lives of their contemporaries and the shaping of modern queer culture more broadly. By paying attention to Hirschfeld’s writings in German and English on homosexual suicide, its causes and its reception, this chapter shows that lesbian and homosexual suffering caused emotional shockwaves that rippled far across the geopolitical boundaries of the modern world.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): history of sexuality, queer history, feelings, cultural criticism, Magnus Hirschfeld, homosexuality, suicide, translation
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Heike Bauer
    Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2015 08:26
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:36


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