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This volume tells the story of the case study genre at a time when it became the genre par excellence for discussing human sexuality across the humanities and the life sciences. A History of the Case Study takes the reader on a transcontinental journey from the imperial world of fin-de-siècle Central Europe to the interwar metropolises of Weimar Germany, and to the United States of America in the post-war years. Foregrounding the figures of case study pioneers, and highlighting their radical engagements with the genre, the work scrutinises the case writing practices of Sigmund Freud and his predecessor sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing; writers such as Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Weimar intellectuals such as Erich Wulffen. There result new insights into the continuing legacy of such writers, and into the agency increasingly claimed by the readerships that emerged with the development of modernity—from readers who self-identified as masochists, to conmen and female criminals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. Birgit Lang, Joy Damousi, Alison Lewis
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. The shifting case of masochism: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s Venus im Pelz (1870)
  2. Birgit Lang
  3. pp. 19-54
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  1. 2. Fin-de-siècle investigations of the ‘creative genius’ in psychiatry and psychoanalysis
  2. Birgit Lang
  3. pp. 55-89
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  1. 3. ‘Writing back’: literary satire and Oskar Panizza’s Psichopatia criminalis (1898)
  2. Birgit Lang
  3. pp. 90-118
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  1. 4. Erich Wulffen and the case of the criminal
  2. Birgit Lang
  3. pp. 119-155
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  1. 5. Alfred Döblin’s literary cases about women and crime in Weimar Germany
  2. Alison Lewis
  3. pp. 156-188
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  1. 6. Viola Bernard and the case study of race in post-war America
  2. Joy Damousi
  3. pp. 189-214
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  1. Conclusion
  2. Birgit Lang, Joy Damousi, Alison Lewis
  3. pp. 215-220
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  1. Select bibliography
  2. pp. 221-231
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 232-240
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781526106117
Related ISBN
9780719099434
MARC Record
OCLC
1103685705
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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