The Potency of the Butterfly: Gender, Sexuality and Non-human Animals in German Sexology and the Arts after 1900

In November 2018 Dr Ina Linge gave a paper at the University of Warwick German Studies seminar, titled ‘The Potency of the Butterfly: Gender, Sexuality and Non-human Animals in German Sexology and the Arts after 1900’.

The talk discussed the Butterfly Dance, pioneered by the American dancer Loïe Fuller (1862 –1928), pictured below, and how it was received in the work of sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld to make claims about the nature and naturalness of sexual desire.

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