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Sexual Culture in Germany in the 1970s

A Golden Age for Queers?

  • Janin Afken
  • Benedikt Wolf

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Janin Afken, Benedikt Wolf
    Pages 1-6
  3. The Legendary Time and Space of the Queer 1970s in Germany

  4. The Canonized Queer 1970s

  5. The Queer 1970s Against the Grain

  6. Retrospections

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 287-295

About this book


This book is the first attempt to present a comprehensive picture of LGBT culture in the two German states in the 1970s. Starting from the common view of the decade between the moderation of the German anti-sodomy law in 1968 (East) and 1969 (West) and the first documented case of AIDS (1982) as a ‘golden age’ for queer politics and culture, this edited collection traces the way this impression has been shaped by cultural production. The chapters ask: What exactly made the 1970s a 'legendary decade'? What was its revolutionary potential and what were its path-breaking political and aesthetic strategies? Which elements, movements and memories had to be marginalized in order to facilitate the historical construction of the 'legendary decade'? Exploring the complex picture of gay, lesbian and – to a lesser extent – trans cultures from this time, the volume provides fascinating insights into both canonized and marginalized texts and films from and about the decade.


East Germany West Germany LGBTQ sexual emancipation sexual revolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Janin Afken
    • 1
  • Benedikt Wolf
    • 2
  1. 1.Humboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Bielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

About the editors

Janin Afken is Research Assistant at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Her publications include 'Geschlechterbilder/Sexualität” in Stefan-Zweig-Handbuch (2018).

Benedikt Wolf is Research Associate at Bielefeld University, Germany. His publications include Penetrierte Männlichkeit. Sexualität und Poetik in deutschsprachigen Erzähltexten der literarischen Moderne (1905–1969) (2018), and “Queer Writing” (co-authored with Andreas Krass) in The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Berlin (2017).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sexual Culture in Germany in the 1970s
  • Book Subtitle A Golden Age for Queers?
  • Editors Janin Afken
    Benedikt Wolf
  • Series Title Genders and Sexualities in History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Genders and Sexualities in History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-27426-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-27429-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-27427-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 295
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Germany and Central Europe
    History of Modern Europe
    Cultural History
    Social History
    Gender and Sexuality
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