Love at Last Sight: Dating, Intimacy, and Risk in Turn-of-the-Century Berlin (Hardback)Tyler Carrington (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 528 g
Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 22 mm
"Workplace romance, personal ads, new dating technologies, matchmaking services, broken engagements, same-sex intimacy, marriage and upward mobility, sexual dangers in the big city, the decline of marriage, sexual assault, a rising urban murder rate-all of this sounds familiar. Love at Last Sight empathetically deploys the telling life and tragic death of Frieda Kliem to illuminate how these personal fears and sexual disruptions are nothing new. Tyler Carrington's vivid prose and meticulous research successfully transforms turn-of-the-twentieth-century Berlin into a prism of our own time."--Timothy J. Gilfoyle, author of City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920
"Tyler Carrington's Love at Last Sight focuses on the tension between modernity and traditional respectability that is at the core of his central case study on the tragic story of Frieda Kliem. He demonstrates that this tension was typical in the behavior of so many German men and women (straight and gay) who were looking for love, especially if they were middle class or aspired to be so. Carrington thus paints a rich, fascinating picture of life in Berlin around 1900."--Rick McCormick, University of Minnesota
"Love at Last Sight is a fascinating tale of the search for intimacy in the modern metropolis and a surprising account of how dreams of attaining middle-class respectability shape our romantic lives. Though it's set in turn-of-the-century Berlin, Carrington's historical narrative speaks directly to our most contemporary concerns."--Eric Klinenberg, author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life
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