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Victorian Sexual Dissidence

Recent critical and historical work on the late-Victorian period has furnished a vocabulary for discussing gender and sexuality. These popular terms include categories such as homo/hetero, patriarchal/feminist, and masculine/effeminate. This collection exploits this framework—while refining and resisting it in places—to show how certain Victorians imagined difference in ways that continue to challenge us today.

One essay, for example, traces the remarkable feminist appropriation of male-identified fields of study, such as Classical philology. Others address the validation of male bodies as objects of desire in writing, painting, and emergent modernist choreography. The writings shed light on the diverse interests served by a range of cultural practitioners and on the complex ways in which the late Victorians invented themselves as modern subjects.

This volume will be essential reading for students of British literary and cultural history as well as for those interested in feminist, gay, and lesbian studies.

Contributors are: Oliver Buckton, Richard Dellamora, Dennis Denisoff, Regenia Gagnier, Eric Haralson, Andrew Hewitt, Christopher Lane, Thaïs Morgan, Yopie Prins, Kathy Alexis Psomiades, Julia Saville, Robert Sulcer, Jr., Martha Vicinus.

338 pages | 10 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1999

Gender and Sexuality

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

Table of Contents

Introduction by Richard Dellamora
Part One: Re-Gendering Aestheticism
1. "Still Burning from the Strangling Embrace": Vernon Lee on Desure and Aesthetics Kathy Psomiades
2. Greek Maenads, Victorian Spinsters Yopie Prins
3. The Adolescent Boy: Fin-de-Siècle Femme Fatale? Martha Vicinus
Part Two: Revisionary Decadence
4. Victorian Effeminacies Thaïs Morgan
5. Producation, Reproduction, and Pleasure in Victorian Aesthetics and Economics Regenia Gagnier
6. "Men of My Own Sex": Genius, Sexuality, and George Du Maureir’s Artists Dennis Denisoff
7. "Desire without Limit": Dissident Confession in Oscar Wilde’s De ProfundisOliver Buckton
Part Three: Dissident Aesthetics
8. The Elusive Queerness of Henry James’s "Queer Comrade": Reading Gabriel Nash of The Tragic MuseEric Haralson
9. George Santayana and the Beauty of Friendship Christopher Lane
10. Ten Percent: Poetry and Pathology Robert Sulcer
11. The Romance of Boys Bathing: Poetic Precendents and Respondents to the Paintings of Henry Scott Tuke Julia Saville
12. The Dance of Life: Choreographing Sexual Dissidence in the Early Twentieth Century Andrew Hewitt
List of Contributors

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