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Violent Sensations: Sex, Crime, and Utopia in Vienna and Berlin, 1860-1914

Scott Spector


The year 1900, fin de siècle, in Europe evokes polar thoughts: on the one hand, sensational slashers and femmes fatales, destitute and dangerous new urban districts, criminal violence and sexual excess; on the other, science and reason triumphant, a near arrogant confidence in progress, the emergence of new expert knowledge. The tensions between these poles take on the character of a single myth, a story of origins, essences, and destinies that Violent Sensations tells through a focus on Vienna and Berlin. Together, these two cities stand for the “New Metropolis,” crucial sites in the develo ... More

Keywords: history of sexualit, crime, sensation, metropolis, homosexuality, lustmord, criminology, sexology, blood libel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226196640
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226196817.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Spector, author
University of Michigan