Abstract

Abstract:

Physique photography played an important role in conditioning erotic subjectivity for gay male readers of West Germany's 1950s homophile magazines. To date, scholars of the period have focused on the content of these magazines and their role in the emergence of the postwar gay scene (Whisnant) but have yet to carefully consider the medium itself as a critical component in the creation of same-sex subjectivities. By focusing on layout techniques such as juxtaposition, this article examines the ways in which the magazine Der Weg zu Freundschaft und Toleranz created erotically suggestive narratives between photos that circumvented increasingly strict censorship laws in the early Federal Republic while at the same time conflating the gay male viewing subject with whiteness in alignment with dominant discourses of Heimat and national belonging.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1911-026X
Print ISSN
0037-1939
Pages
pp. 428-441
Launched on MUSE
2018-11-27
Open Access
No
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