Here are some of my publications including links. Contact me if you have any questions:



Sexology and Translation: Cultural and Scientific Encounters Across the Modern World,  1880-19302363_reg, Sexuality Studies Series (Philadelphia: Temple University Press 2015). This collection of essays, edited by me, is the first study of the contemporaneous emergence of sexology in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and parts of South America.


  •  “Here—finally—is a collection of essays wholly engaged with the transnational nature of      knowledge exchange in early sexology.  Exploiting the archival richness of materials newly available in the digital age, Sexology and Translation argues convincingly for a global perspective on the making of sexual knowledge as ‘modern.’  Impressive as much in its geopolitical range as in its astute       historical and cultural analysis, this fascinating collection signals   the start of an exciting new phase in the critical assessment of the   sexological project.”  —Laura Doan, author of Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality, and Women’s Experience of Modern War
  • “A necessary and welcome addition to the existing scholarship.  Moving beyond the conventional geographical emphasis on the  Anglo-Euro-American world, the volume is spatially inclusive and     theoretically astute in its examination of the emergence of sexological ideas and discourses across the modern world. Readers will delight in finding rich and complex narratives on  topics ranging from the intellectual history of frigidity, sexological  ideas in China and Russia, Arabic and Hebrew discourses on sex  and sexuality, representations of sexuality within Peruvian literature, Japanese encounters with western writings on sex, plus a robust re-reading of western sexology and sexologists.”   —Sanjam Ahluwalia, Department of History and Women’s and   Gender Studies Program, Northern Arizona University
  •  “A valuable and nuanced analysis of sexology and modernity as intertwined transactional processes of   dissemination, adaptation, and recirculation: conversations rather than the laying down of authoritative truths. Through the examination of a wide array of texts, including hitherto neglected popular genres, within which these ideas were being discussed, and extending the geographical range well beyond Western Europe and North America to Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia, the rise of modern sexuality is demonstrated to have been a global phenomenon, with effects nonetheless specifically situated within particular cultural contexts.” —Dr. Lesley A. Hall, Wellcome Library

Queer 1950s: Rethinking Sexuality in the Postwar Years, ed. Heike Bauer and Matt
Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 15.24.18Cook  (Basingstoke:Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). This interdisciplinary collection of essays brings together literary and cultural critics, historians and anthropologists to examine queer lives and cultures in the first full postwar decade. It includes discussions of, for instance, literature, science, photography, popular culture and oral history in the UK, Germany, France, the U.S., Finland and New Zealand.

English Literary Sexology: Translations of Inversion 1860- 1930 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). This
Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 15.27.41book examines how modern ideas about female and male same-sex sexuality migrated from German science into English literary culture at the turn of the last century. Discussing the work of sexologists such as Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Havelock Ellis alongside New Woman writers, Victorian literary critics and novelists such as Radclyffe Hall, it presents new research on the relationship between science, literature, and cultural politics.

‘Bauer’s tremendous scholarship and linguistic skills are evident as she explores the intersections of sexology, literature, and politics. She shows how slippages in translation between German and English are charged with meaning. Her book greatly expands and refines Foucault’s legacy by focusing on gender and women’s sexuality, making it essential reading for historians of sexuality as well as scholars of the fin-de-siècle.’  – Professor Vernon Rosario, University of California, Los Angeles
‘This is, undoubtedly, an interesting and persuasive book…not just for its considerable insights into sexology, but for its ruminations on the processes of translation itself. Bauer’s erudition shines through this book, bringing her claims to light with the deftness of her linguistic skills.’                    – Lucy Bending, British Society for Literature and Science Reviews 
‘Heike Bauer’s extensive work with the histories and theories of sexuality is realized in English Literary Sexology: Translations of Inversion, 1860-1930… [The book] extends current scholarship on sexology and feminism to include considerations of the theoretical intersections of language, gender and discipline.’ – Laurie Lyda, English Literature in Transition.
‘Departing from other historians of sexuality, Bauer tells a history of inversion that is not confined to the perspective of male authorities in the European sexological sciences. Rather, the book delineates a much more nuanced, intertwined history of subject formation and sexual knowledge production that highlights the original contributions of women writers in the tradition of English literary sexology… English Literary Sexology remains an important contribution, full of refreshing perspectives on the interplay between science and literature, modernism and sexuality, and epistemic exchange and cultural agency.’ – Howard H. Chiang, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences                                                                                                                         

Women and Cross-Dressing, 1800-1930 (Routledge, 2006). This 3-volume anthology brinScreen Shot 2014-04-29 at 16.25.24gs together diverse scientific and literary texts that indicate the changing meanings and manifestations of female cross-dressing between the early nineteenth-century and the beginnings of World War II. It includes a new critical introduction, which contextualises these materials and offers new insights into the critical and historical reception of women who wore clothes that were seen to be the outfits of men.

Special Journal Issues

  • ‘Contemporary Comics by Jewish Women’, special issue of Studies in Comics, Vol.6, No.2 (forthcoming 2016), co-edited with Andrea Greenbaum and Sarah Lightman. 
  • Transnational Lesbian Cultures’, special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies, Vol. 18, No. 3 (2014), co-edited with Churnjeet Mahn.


  • Vital Lines Drawn From Books: Difficult Feelings in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Are You My Mother?’, Journal of Lesbian Studies Vol. 18, No. 4 (2014), pp. 266-282.
  • Transnational Lesbian Cultures’, co-authored with Churnjeet Mahn. Critical introduction to a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies Vol. 18, No. 4 (2014), pp. 203-209.
  • “‘Race’, Normativity and the History of Sexuality: Magnus Hirschfeld’s Racismand early twentieth-century Sexology”, Psychology and Sexuality, Vol.1, no 3 (2010), 239-249.
  • ‘Theorizing Female Inversion: Sexology, Discipline and Gender at the Fin de Siècle‘,  Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 18, no 1 (January 2009), 84-102.
  • ‘‘Not a translation but a mutilation’: The Limits of Translation and the Discipline of Sexology’, Yale Journal of Criticism, vol. 16, no 2 (2003), 381- 405.
  • ‘‘The idea of development’: Decadence, Aestheticism and late-Victorian Notions about Sexual Identity in Marius the Epicurean‘, Australasian Journal for Victorian Studies, vol. 9 (2003), 1-15.
  • ‘Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis as Sexual Sourcebook for The Well of Loneliness‘, Critical Survey, vol. 15, no 3 (2003), 23-38.

Chapters in edited collections

  • ‘Suicidal Subjects: Translation and the Affective Foundations of Magnus Hirschfeld’s         Sexology’, in Sexology and Translation: Cultural and Scientific Encounters Across the           Modern World, 1880-1930 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2015), pp. 233- 252.
  • ‘Introduction: Translation and the Global Histories of Sexuality’, in Sexology and Translation:        Cultural and Scientific Encounters Across the Modern World, 1880-1930  (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2015), pp. 1-14.
  • ‘Literary
 Sexualities’, in The Cambridge Companion to the Body
in Literature, ed. David Hillman and Ulrika Maude (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 101-  115
  • ‘Graphic Lesbian Continuum: Ilana Zeffren’, in Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish
    Women, ed. Sarah Lightman (Jefferson, NC: McFarland), pp. 98-109. Read on Academia.
  • ‘Burning Sexual Subjects: Books, Homophobia and the Nazi Destruction of the Institute of Sexual Sciences in Berlin’, in Book Destruction, ed. Gill Partington and Adam Smyth (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 17-33. Read on Academia.
  • ‘Sexology Backward: Hirschfeld, Kinsey and the Reshaping of Sex Research in the 1950s’, in Queer 1950s: Rethinkin
  • Sexuality in the Postwar Years, ed. Heike Bauer and Matt Cook (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 133-149. Read on Academia.
  • ‘Lesbian Time’, in The Lesbian Premodern, ed. by Noreen Giffney, Michelle Sauer and Diane Watt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 161-169. Read on Academia.
  • ‘Sexuality in Popular Culture of the Enlightenment’, in A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Enlightenment (1650-1820), ed. Julie Peakman (London: Berg, 2011), pp. 159-183. Read on Academia
  • Measurements of Civilization: Non-Western Female Sexuality and the Fin de Siècle Social Body‘, in Peter Cryle and Christopher E. Forth (eds), Sexuality at the Fin de Siècle: The Making of a Central Problem (University of Delaware Press, 2008), pp. 93-108.
  • Is There A History of Female Cross-Dressing?‘, in Heike Bauer (ed.), Women and Cross-Dressing in Britain, 1800-1939, vol. 1 (Routledge, 2006), pp. xiii-xxxiv. Read on Academia.
  • Scholars, Scientists and Sexual Inverts: Authority and Sexology in Nineteenth Century Scientific Thinking‘, in David Clifford, Elisabeth Wadge, Alex Warwick, Martin Willis (eds), Repositioning Sciences: Shifting Centres in Nineteenth Century Scientific Thinking: A Collection of Essays on the Status of Scientific Ideas (Anthem Press, 2006), pp. 197-206.


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