This is a landmark publication featuring English translations of selections from the early gay German journal, Der Eigene. This collection, previously scattered and difficult to read in the original German, allows readers direct access to primary source material on the early gay movement. Neglected for years, these articles provide insight into the early gay movement, particularly in its relation to the various political currents in pre-World War II Germany. Simultaneously, the essays are relevant to current discussions and debates in contemporary gay, women's, and youth movements. Masterly introductory and concluding essays add additional insight by placing the articles in their historical context, discussing their past and current significance, and drawing lessons for the future. Readers of all levels of sophistication will find this anthology a fascinating look at homosexuality in early years.
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The Nameless Love I. General Introduction Homosexual Emancipation in Germany Before 1933: Two Traditions II. Opposing the Doctors Introduction The Ethical-Political Significance of Lieblingminne Love Same-Sex Love, or Lieblingminne: A Word on its Essence and its Significance Memoir for the Friends and Contributors of the Scientific Humanitarian Committee in the Name of the Secession of the Scientific Humanitarian Committee III. The Aesthetics of the Male Body Introduction A Word in Advance to the Better Ones The Tragedy of Being Different The Decline of Eros in the Middle Ages and Its Causes Nudity in Art and Life Fidis IV. Eros and Male Bonding in Society Introduction Into the Future! The Women's Movement and Male Culture Friend-Love as a Cultural Factor: A Word to Germany's Male Youth What We Want The Significance of Youth-Love for Our Time On the Rearing of the Homosexually Inclined Boy V. Political Issues and the Rise of Nazism Introduction Homosexuality and Reaction Eros in the German Youth Movement Male and Female Culture: A Casual-Historical View Seven Propositions Male Heroes and Comrade-Love in War: A Study and Collection of Materials Political Criminals: A Word About the Röhm Case VI. Epilogue Male Bonding and Homosexuality in German Nationalism
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