Scott Spector (Ann Arbor)

Preface

Delirious: Sexual Pathology, Crime, and Art at the Fin de Siècle

Art, crime, and sex are ever in season, but undoubtedly enjoyed a symbiotic efflorescence from the last third of the nineteenth century on. “Sexual pathology,” however, was an obsession of the last third of the nineteenth century, and the fulcrum of the emergence of the Western notion of sexuality as such. The conceptualization of “sexuality” was, from the first, associated with disease on the one hand and crime on the other. It flowed directly into the modern art movement just at the moment where art seemed to be breaking away from the world around it. The aesthetic programs and novel productions within the visual arts, literature, and the stage ...

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