Abstract

This essay examines what Jin Haritaworn, Tamila Tauqir, and Esra Erdem have referred to as “uninterrogated whiteness” (“unhinterfragtes Weißsein”) in the construction of queer subjectivities in German culture. A discussion of the term gleichgesinnt, a euphemism for “homosexual” in the mid-twentieth century, exposes the ways in which gay German identity in particular has been conflated with presumed whiteness, and suggest broader implications for critiques of German sexual subjectivities rooted in antiracist feminist and Queer of Color analyses. These intellectual traditions can help German studies scholars develop intersectional approaches to researching gender and sexuality in German literature and culture, and articulate critiques of Germanness more broadly.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2578-5192
Print ISSN
2578-5206
Pages
pp. 152-162
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-19
Open Access
No
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