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Crimes of Passion by Scott Spector, Japhet Johnstone, Oliver Böni

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Ina Linge (Cambridge)

Hospitable Reading

An Approach to Life Writings of Gender and Sexual “Deviants”

In 1907, two German narratives were published that each told the story of a person who was perceived to deviate from the gender and sexual norm. Aus eines Mannes Mädchenjahren, written under the pseudonym N.O. Body, describes the life of Nora Body, who is raised as a girl but feels that her true nature is that of a man.166 Tagebuch einer männlichen Braut, published anonymously with only the name of the editor, Walter Homann, given, relates the story of Dori, whose effeminate appearance threatens his ascribed male identity.167 In what appear to be confessional autobiographies, both first-person narrators recount their experiences of a gender and ...

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