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Autobiography of an Androgyne
     

Autobiography of an Androgyne

by Ralph Werther, Scott Herring (Editor)
 

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First printed in 1918, Ralph Werther's Autobiography of an Androgyne charts his emerging self-understanding as a member of the "third sex" and documents his explorations of queer underworlds in turn-of-the-century New York City. Werther presents a sensational life narrative that begins with a privileged upper-class birth and a youthful

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First printed in 1918, Ralph Werther's Autobiography of an Androgyne charts his emerging self-understanding as a member of the "third sex" and documents his explorations of queer underworlds in turn-of-the-century New York City. Werther presents a sensational life narrative that begins with a privileged upper-class birth and a youthful realization of his difference from other boys. He concludes with a decision to undergo castration. Along the way, he recounts intimate stories of adolescent sexual encounters with adult men and women, escapades as a reckless "fairie" who trolled Brooklyn and the Bowery in search of working-class Irish and Italian immigrants, and an immersion into the subculture of male "inverts." This new edition also includes a critical introduction by Scott Herring that situates the text within the scientific, historical, literary, and social contexts of urban American life in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Tracing how this pioneering autobiography engages with conversations on immigration, gender, economics, metropolitan working-class culture, and the invention of homosexuality across class lines, this edition is ideal for courses on topics ranging from Victorian literature to modern American sexuality.

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Emory University - Michael Moon
Scott Herring's strategically brilliant introduction to this new edition of Autobiography of an Adrogyne provides a valuable measure of the advances made in sexuality studies in recent decades. He shows particular brilliance in his analysis of the work as a remarkable kind of literary hybrid, mixing elements of popular formula fiction with avant-garde fields of nascent psychologies and sociologies of sex at the end of the nineteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813543000
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
Subterranean Lives
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,342,875
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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