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A Deviant Sexual Type Well Before 1870

A Deviant Sexual Type Well Before 1870 566 GLQ: A JOURNAL OF LESBIAN AND GAY STUDIES Emma Heaney Heinrich Kaan’s “Psychopathia Sexualis” (1844): A Classic Text in the History of Sexuality Benjamin Kahan, ed.; Melissa Haynes, trans. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2016. vii + 193 pp. Most students and teachers of sexuality studies take Michel Foucault’s declaration that the homosexual as a distinct social type emerged in the 1870s as a start date for the emergence of sexual deviancy more broadly. But Foucault himself knew something that English-language readers can now also know thanks to Melissa Haynes’s readable translation of Heinrich Kaan’s Psychopathia Sexualis. Sexu- ality actually began to be systematized by 1844 with the publication of Kaan’s book, the little-known precursor to Richard Von Krafft-Ebing’s widely read 1886 medicolegal manual of the same title. Before homosexuality was identie fi d as the definitional form of deviant sexuality, Kaan identie fi d onanism, or masturbation, as the aberration of the sexual drive that was the gateway to all other deviations and that therefore urgently needed to be stamped out. Kaan introduces his project in Psychopathia Sexualis as a “duty” to address a “difc fi ult topic” that was thrust on him by the many http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Duke University Press

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Copyright © 2018 Duke University Press
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1064-2684
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566 GLQ: A JOURNAL OF LESBIAN AND GAY STUDIES Emma Heaney Heinrich Kaan’s “Psychopathia Sexualis” (1844): A Classic Text in the History of Sexuality Benjamin Kahan, ed.; Melissa Haynes, trans. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2016. vii + 193 pp. Most students and teachers of sexuality studies take Michel Foucault’s declaration that the homosexual as a distinct social type emerged in the 1870s as a start date for the emergence of sexual deviancy more broadly. But Foucault himself knew something that English-language readers can now also know thanks to Melissa Haynes’s readable translation of Heinrich Kaan’s Psychopathia Sexualis. Sexu- ality actually began to be systematized by 1844 with the publication of Kaan’s book, the little-known precursor to Richard Von Krafft-Ebing’s widely read 1886 medicolegal manual of the same title. Before homosexuality was identie fi d as the definitional form of deviant sexuality, Kaan identie fi d onanism, or masturbation, as the aberration of the sexual drive that was the gateway to all other deviations and that therefore urgently needed to be stamped out. Kaan introduces his project in Psychopathia Sexualis as a “duty” to address a “difc fi ult topic” that was thrust on him by the many

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GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2018

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