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Imagining Gay ParadiseBali, Bangkok, and Cyber-Singapore$
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Gary Atkins

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083237

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083237.001.0001

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The Escape from Nosferatu

The Escape from Nosferatu

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(p.45) 4 The Escape from Nosferatu
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Imagining Gay Paradise
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Gary L. Atkins

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083237.003.0004

Monogamous heterosexual romance, as solidified in its modern form in the early decades of the twentieth century, began to emerge as the new “triple supremacy” of culturally approved gender and sexual expressions, replacing older notions about sex and marriage aimed primarily at reproduction. With European medical literature speaking of a “heterosexual” male and a “homosexual” male, Weimar Germany emerged as a place of intellectual and artistic—as well as sexual—fervor. Freidrich Murnau's classic horror movie, Nosferatu, added to the commentaries on manhood, offering striking Expressionist images of males from the periphery invading the imperial centers. This chapter follows Walter Spies's close companionships with the pianist Hans Jürgen von der Wense and then with Murnau himself, examining how these men's understandings of romance—and its possibilities for same-sex relationships—may have affected Walter's own approach to homosexuality and to the magical reality he was to eventually imagine in Bali.

Keywords:   Nosferatu, Walter Spies, von der Wense, sex and marriage, Freidrich Murnau

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