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Vita Sexualis: Karl Ulrichs and the Origins of Sexual Science

Ralph M. Leck


Karl Ulrichs' studies of sexual diversity galvanized the burgeoning field of sexual science in the nineteenth century. But in the years since, his groundbreaking activism has overshadowed his scholarly achievements. Ulrichs publicly defied Prussian law to agitate for gay equality and marriage, and founded the world's first organization dedicated to the legal and social emancipation of homosexuals. This book returns Ulrichs to his place as the inventor of the science of sexual heterogeneity. The book's analysis situates sexual science in a context that includes politics, aesthetics, the languag ... More

Keywords: sexual diversity, activism, Karl Ulrichs, gay equality, gay marriage, homosexual, sexual science, sexual heterogeneity, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040009
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ralph M. Leck, author
Indiana State University