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Heinrich Kaan's "Psychopathia Sexualis" (1844) – A Classic Text in the History of Sexuality - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Heinrich Kaan's "Psychopathia Sexualis" (1844): A Classic Text in the History of Sexuality

Heinrich Kaan and Benjamin A. Haynes


Heinrich Kaan’s fascinating work—part medical treatise, part sexual taxonomy, part activist statement, and part anti-onanist tract—takes us back to the origins of sexology. He links the sexual instinct to the imagination for the first time, creating what Foucault called “a unified field of sexual abnormality.” Kaan’s taxonomy consists of six sexual aberrations: masturbation, pederasty, lesbian love, necrophilia, bestiality, and the violation of statues. Kaan not only inaugurated the field of sexology, but played a significant role in the regimes of knowledge production and discipline about psy ... More

Keywords: Heinrich Kaan, sexology, sexual instinct, sexual aberration, homosexuality, masturbation, sexual regulation, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501704604
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501704604.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heinrich Kaan, author

Benjamin A. Haynes, editor

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