Fragile Minds and Vulnerable Souls

Why were many sexually explicit writings and images that grew as a category of print in 19th-century Germany judged immoral--in fact, dangerous? Because, as Sarah Leonard, Associate Professor of History at Simmons College, reveals in her new book Fragile Minds and Vulnerable Souls (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), among other things they served "nonelite readers and passed through suspect spaces." This work builds on research Leonard began while a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow with the Forum in 2002–2003.