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Sex And Character

Sex And Character

by Otto Weininger
     
 

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Sex and Character - with a new, interlinear translation, Otto Weininger, translation: Robert Willis. Through the distinction between the man type and the woman type, the young latter nineteenth-century Viennese thinker Otto Weininger attempts to bring the contrast of transcendent individuality and worldly individualism into sharper relief. Even further, he

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Sex and Character - with a new, interlinear translation, Otto Weininger, translation: Robert Willis. Through the distinction between the man type and the woman type, the young latter nineteenth-century Viennese thinker Otto Weininger attempts to bring the contrast of transcendent individuality and worldly individualism into sharper relief. Even further, he posits the existence of a deeper psychical realm that surpasses sexuality and gender, and that ultimately would liberate mankind of original sin, returning it to its naive state of innocence. In this undertaking, Weininger uses many philosophical, religious, empirical, aesthetic, literary, and historical references of the past to supplement his own insights. This translation follows the original German verbatim. I have chosen this method in order to retain its German stylistic character as much as possible.

Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review

"Still often cited—but rarely read—as the locus classicus of the fin-de-siècle convergence of misogynistic and antisemitic discourses in the figure of the feminized Jew, O. Weininger’s 1903 best-selling revised dissertation has found its first complete English translation... This edition affords the English-speaking reader the opportunity to better understand the claims... that Sex and Character is not just an encyclopedia of anti-Jewish and anti-female stereotypes, but of early twentieth century philosophic and scientific cultures as well. Recommended for scholars, graduate and advanced undergraduate students examining the underpinnings and undersides of modernity." —Religious Studies Review

Choice

"This long-awaited new translation of Austrian thinker Otto Weininger's masterwork, Sex and Character (1903), is simply splendid. Accurate, graceful, and complete—three qualities no other English translation can boast—it is light years beyond all previous translations. Why is this book a big deal, and why should one care about it? For one thing, because it encapsulates Viennese intellectual life around the turn of the 20th century insofar as it reflects the thinking of other intellectuals and artists—Freud, Kraus, and Broch, to mention three. But the more important reason is intrinsic: it raises questions about modernity, race, identity, gender, and fascism, questions that are still at the center of cultural debate. Those interested in European history and thought, cultural and literary studies, and race and gender theory will find this book indispensable. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. —M. Uebel, University of Texas" —Choice, November 2005

Inside Higher Education
"[T]here are not that many great weird books. Sex and Character... is one of them. The appearance... of a definitive English translation published by Indiana University Press is a major cultural event...In short, Weininger’s introspective exploration of the cosmic meaning of gender leads him to the depths of the anti-Semitic imagination. Which makes his book a kind of rough guide to the inner world of another Austrian figure who would later leave his mark on the world, Adolf Hitler. Twenty years ago, Gerald Steig, an Austrian writer, called Sex and Character 'the psychological-metaphysical prelude for National Socialism, including its variants.'.." —Insde higher Ed
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"Still often cited—but rarely read—as the locus classicus of the fin-de-siècle convergence of misogynistic and antisemitic discourses in the figure of the feminized Jew, O. Weininger’s 1903 best-selling revised dissertation has found its first complete English translation... This edition affords the English-speaking reader the opportunity to better understand the claims... that Sex and Character is not just an encyclopedia of anti-Jewish and anti-female stereotypes, but of early twentieth century philosophic and scientific cultures as well. Recommended for scholars, graduate and advanced undergraduate students examining the underpinnings and undersides of modernity." —Religious Studies Review

"This long-awaited new translation of Austrian thinker Otto Weininger's masterwork, Sex and Character (1903), is simply splendid. Accurate, graceful, and complete—three qualities no other English translation can boast—it is light years beyond all previous translations. Why is this book a big deal, and why should one care about it? For one thing, because it encapsulates Viennese intellectual life around the turn of the 20th century insofar as it reflects the thinking of other intellectuals and artists—Freud, Kraus, and Broch, to mention three. But the more important reason is intrinsic: it raises questions about modernity, race, identity, gender, and fascism, questions that are still at the center of cultural debate. Those interested in European history and thought, cultural and literary studies, and race and gender theory will find this book indispensable. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. —M. Uebel, University of Texas" —Choice, November 2005

"... If the goal was to make accessible to an English readership a fascinating source documenting Viennese attitudes towards sexuality, gender equality, modernity and Jews at the turn of the last century, the volume is a resounding success and will surely find its way onto the reading lists of cultural history courses at undergraduate and graduate level." —H-net Reviews

Indiana University Press

"In both fidelity and readability, [Löb's] rendering of Sex and Character far exceeds William Heinemann's 1906 English edition. Whatever might draw us to Weininger—his insight or passion, or our interest in fin—de siecle science and Viennese 'crises of identity'—Löb's translation will serve us wel" —Times Literary Supplement, February 24, 2006

Times Literary Supplement

"In both fidelity and readability, [Löb's] rendering of Sex and Character far exceeds William Heinemann's 1906 English edition. Whatever might draw us to Weininger—his insight or passion, or our interest in fin—de siecle science and Viennese 'crises of identity'—Löb's translation will serve us wel" —Times Literary Supplement, February 24, 2006

Insde higher Ed

"[T]here are not that many great weird books. Sex and Character... is one of them. The appearance... of a definitive English translation published by Indiana University Press is a major cultural event...In short, Weininger’s introspective exploration of the cosmic meaning of gender leads him to the depths of the anti-Semitic imagination. Which makes his book a kind of rough guide to the inner world of another Austrian figure who would later leave his mark on the world, Adolf Hitler. Twenty years ago, Gerald Steig, an Austrian writer, called Sex and Character 'the psychological-metaphysical prelude for National Socialism, including its variants.'.." —Insde higher Ed

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411618732
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Pages:
540
Product dimensions:
1.09(w) x 11.00(h) x 8.25(d)

Meet the Author

Ladislaus Löb is Emeritus Professor of German at the University of Sussex.

Daniel Steuer is Senior Lecturer in German in the School of Humanities, University of Sussex.

Laura Marcus is Reader in English in the School of Humanities, University of Sussex.

Indiana University Press

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