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Love at Last SightDating, Intimacy, and Risk in Turn-of-the-Century Berlin$
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Tyler Carrington

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190917760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190917760.001.0001

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Emerging Technologies of Love

Emerging Technologies of Love

(p.101) 4 Emerging Technologies of Love
Love at Last Sight

Tyler Carrington

Oxford University Press

Chapter Four begins in the heat of the police investigation into Frieda Kliem’s murder, following the police as they pursue Frieda’s killer. It then explores the ways in which the age-old practice of matchmaking was transformed into a fundamentally new technology of love: newspaper personal ads. Examining both the rise and wager of using personal ads to find love and exploring their significance for gay Berliners, this chapter argues that newspaper personal ads’ appeal lay both in their radical attempt to harness the distinct qualities of urban life as a way of making love more attainable and in their very practical rejection of middle-class society’s fascination with fate and fortuity. These advantages notwithstanding, personal ads remained too great of an affront to stability, that prized quality of middle-class life, and, as the chapter concludes, this relegated both ads and, importantly, their users, to the shadows.

Keywords:   murder, matchmaking, personal ads, lonely hearts, same-sex, gay

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