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Reforming the Moral Subject: Ethics and Sexuality in Central Europe, 1890–1930 Hardcover – September 12, 2008
"Tracie Matysik's historical and critical reconstruction of the complex relations between sexuality and collective identity formation in the public discussions of the Ethics Reform movement brilliantly illuminates the emergence of a discursive space in which modern discussions of the formation of moral subjectivity became possible. Reforming the Moral Subject is a stunning achievement: it practices intellectual history as a critical history of the process and conditions of thinking, uncovers the complex theoretical reflections embedded in the interactions of public debate, and provides an historical perspective for current discussions concerning subjectivity, identity formation and ethical agency."―John Toews, University of Washington
"Tracie Matysik is stunningly creative in her analysis of the formation of the female moral subject at the turn of the last century. Matysik tightly weaves an elegant account of connections among ethics discourses, the field of sexuality, subjectivity, and citizenship, along with important explorations of religion, science, the racial imagination of the late nineteenth century, and psychoanalysis. Reforming the Moral Subject is grounded in extraordinarily close and careful readings of texts and the positions they express."―Kathleen Canning, University of Michigan, author of Gender History in Practice
"Reforming the Moral Subject is a beautiful, immensely imaginative book―this is the new intellectual history at its best. In our jaded and anxious early twenty-first-century moment, when many wonder how the past could possibly still provoke or help us, Tracie Matysik's richly nuanced analysis demonstrates just how much we can learn from those who, a hundred years ago, grappled with human ambivalence over the dilemmas of love, desire, freedom, loss, and violence, and developed innovative theories and concepts of ethics and of the reconcilability of sexual self-determination and social reponsibility in the midst of pitched battles between religious moralists and secularists."―Dagmar Herzog, Graduate Center, City University of New York, author of Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics
About the Author
Tracie Matysik is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.
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