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Author Spector, Scott, 1959-
Title Violent sensations : sex, crime, and utopia in Vienna and Berlin, 1860-1914 / Scott Spector.
Imprint Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.

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Author Spector, Scott, 1959-
Subject Sex crimes -- Europe, Central -- History -- 19th century.
Sex crimes -- Press coverage -- Europe, Central -- History -- 19th century.
Sex crimes -- Austria -- Vienna -- History -- 19th century.
Sex crimes -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 19th century.
Sex crimes in literature.
Homosexuality -- Europe, Central -- History -- 19th century.
Lust murder -- Europe, Central -- 19th century.
Blood accusation -- Europe, Central -- History -- 19th century.
Marginality, Social -- Europe, Central -- History -- 19th century.
Civilization, Modern -- 19th century.
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network.
Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Note Previously issued in print: 2016
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Access Available to OhioLINK libraries
Summary Around the turn of the 20th century, Vienna and Berlin were centres of scientific knowledge, accompanied by a sense of triumphalism and confidence in progress. Yet they were also sites of fascination with urban decay, often focused on sexual and criminal deviants and the tales of violence surrounding them. Sensational media reports fed the prurient public's hunger for stories from the criminal underworld: sadism, sexual murder, serial killings, accusations of Jewish ritual child murder. Scott Spector explores how the protagonists of these stories - people at society's margins - were given new identities defined by the groundbreaking sciences of psychiatry, sexology, and criminology, and how this expert knowledge was then transmitted to an eager public by journalists covering court cases and police investigations
Contents Introduction: On the border -- Dark city, bright future: utopian and dystopian urban genres around 1900 -- Identical origins: (homo)sexual subjects and violent fantasy in the 1860s -- Sensation and sensibility: experts, scandals, subjects -- Utopian bodies: the sensual woman and the lust murderer -- Blood lies: the truth about modern ritual murder accusations and defenses -- Conclusion: Utopia
Note Description based on online resource; title from home page (viewed on April 7, 2017)
ISBN 9780226196817 (ebook)
ISBN/ISSN 9780226196787
OCLC # 990316705
Additional Format Original 9780226196640 022619664X 9780226196787 022619678X (DLC) 2015030353 (OCoLC)917131660.

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