Psychopathia Sexualis: The Classic Study of Deviant Sex

First published in Germany in , Psychopathia Sexualis was extremely successful as both a classic reference volume for psychiatrists and as a new form of pornographic literature for the sexually transgressive and perverse Printed in seven languages and twelve editions during the author s lifetime, it was an influence on such notable figures as Sigmund Freud a younger colleague of Krafft Ebing s at the University of Vienna , painters Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, writers Arthur Schnitzler and Marcel Proust, and philosopher Georges Bataille and the surrealists Psychopathia Sexualis is extraordinarily timeless in its factual depiction of the astonishing vagaries of sexual life As a psychiatric text, it was one of the first books to extensively illuminate and define such subjects as sadism, masochism, fetishism and homosexuality as a work of sexual literature, it has often been compared to the Marquis de Sade s classic,Days of Sodom Psychopathia Sexualis: The Classic Study of Deviant Sex


About the Author: Richard von Krafft-Ebing

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10 thoughts on “Psychopathia Sexualis: The Classic Study of Deviant Sex

  1. Theresa Theresa says:

    I don t know how to be coherent in regard this book, so here s a list of adjectives Interesting, depressing, dated, occasionally unintentionally hilarious She had always been indifferent towards men In fact, she avoided balls and of course disturbing I m still unsure of what the value of this book was for me I just sat and read a whole bunch o


  2. James James says:

    Highly interesting case studies and observations of sexuality and sexual dysfunction in the 1800 s.


  3. Jennifer Sullivan Jennifer Sullivan says:

    Another SCORE from my local second hand book shop I only paid 5 Euro for this classic, not realizing what a great find it was Richard von Kraft Ebing s study of pathological sex is said to be the foundation of Freud s most notable works Because this book was written in 1886 and translated from German , I did find some of it hard to read This book is


  4. Juliette De lorsange Juliette De lorsange says:

    One Of My Favorite Books Ever If you are able to retain a strong sense of humor as you encounter every single bit of sex negativity in this tome, it can provide a brilliant foundation for negotiating roleplay It can also open some really interesting doors for you if you have a kink friendly shrink especially if you re one of those people who go tothan


  5. Dustin Reade Dustin Reade says:

    Quite funny for the right kind of person Like me.


  6. Erika Erika says:

    My, rating old books is hard Alright, basically this whole book is made of case histories focusing on people s different sexual pathologies Who these people are is unkmown, and I get the feeling most of them were not Krafft Ebing s patients, but instead cases picked up from newspapers, closed criminal cases and hearsay from all over the world I mean, he goes


  7. Donald Donald says:

    This collection of case studies from the 1800s is fascinating at times, but overall is a little too depressing and disturbing for most readers It does represent another clear example of nothing new under the sun, but realizing that some of our great great great grandparents were as perverted as anyone in our modern society is not a comforting thought I would on


  8. Jen Jen says:

    I thought it was hilarous that in the store this book was shelved amid all the hot pink and red books of sex tips Victorian era case studies of sexual dysfunction probably will not spice up one s love life, despite the tacit claims made by the sexy cover which, incidently, is an image from a not very good movie based on a handful of case studies.


  9. Heather Heather says:

    This book is quite dry, as it is just an assembly of old case studies But I found it an amusing window through time at the taboos and s of its day In particular, the persistent assumption of the terrible, sanity rending consequences of onanism masturbation that features at least partially in almost every case.


  10. Kevin Kevin says:

    I absolutely loved this book Especially amusing are all of the scientific theories, which clearly have religious motivations or at least are largely tinted by that period s views of what is and isn t moral, normal, etc.


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