Nameless Offences

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Was homosexuality in the Victorian era really 'the love that dare not speak its name'? This study argues that even before Oscar Wilde and the rise of sexual science there was an open, public discussion of same-sex desire that went to the heart of Victorian notions of masculinity, class and civil society. Cocks examines the paradox of how homosexuality came to be identified as secret, unknowable and nameless when the Victorians regularly described its existence as widespread and threatening.

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Nameless Offences

Nameless Offences

Homosexual Desire in the 19th Century

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9781848850903     Product Code: 222172

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Was homosexuality in the Victorian era really 'the love that dare not speak its name'? This study argues that even before Oscar Wilde and the rise of sexual science there was an open, public discussion of same-sex desire that went to the heart of Victorian notions of masculinity, class and civil society. Cocks examines the paradox of how homosexuality came to be identified as secret, unknowable and nameless when the Victorians regularly described its existence as widespread and threatening.

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