Masturbation in Victorian Fiction and Medical Culture
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The Victorian taboo on masturbation cast a shadow well into the 20th century, with its terrifying threat of moral, mental and physical debilitation. This ground-breaking study examines both the pseudo-medical literature that propagated such ideas and their coded expression in literary works by Dickens, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker. It also unearths references to the even more taboo subject of female masturbation, and charts the persistence of the Victorian discourse in such modern works as the scatological comic Viz.