Lecture: Berlin, Queer Culture and the Weimar Republic

Ref: C3747637

This session explores Berlin's role as a safe haven for queer artists, writers and performers in the 1930s. We will also investigate Berlin's links to pioneers of sexology and psychoanalysis. Finally we will look at literary and dramatic representations of the period (Goodbye to Berlin, Cabaret and Babylon Berlin)

Course aim

This session provides a brief introduction to the Weimar Republic and Berlin's role as an alternative cultural hub in the 1930s.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • A background or interest in literature, the performing arts and social history would be helpful. A good level of English is needed for full participation in this course. Students may like to read the suggested text and view the film/tv content before the course (useful but not essential).

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • List two centres of Berlin's queer nightlife
  • Name two pioneers of sexology based in Berlin
  • Explain the differences between Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin and Kander and Ebb's musical Cabaret.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Small amounts of pre-course reading and video clps will be supplied online.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Lecture: Berlin, Queer Culture and the Weimar Republic


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