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Effeminate England

Homoerotic Writing After 1885. Gender in Writing S.

By (author) Joseph Bristow
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Open University Press, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Sep 1995
Dimensions: h 230mm
Weight: 620g
ISBN-10: 0335096654
ISBN-13: 9780335096657
Barcode No: 9780335096657
This text examines how and why effeminacy and empire were so very much at odds at the time of the Oscar Wilde trial in 1895. Exploring the late-Victorian association of effeminate behaviour with male homosexual identity, Joseph Bristow looks at how a number of gay writers negotiated the stigma attached to the man-loving man of letters. Chapters examine, in turn, Wilde's "fatal effeminacy", the effeminophobic narratives of E.M. Forster, the Anglophobic camp effeminacy of Ronald Firbank and the structures of sexual self-identification in the autobiographical writings of John Addington Symonds, J.R. Ackerley, Jocelyn Brooke and Quentin Crisp. A short coda investigates the impact of the AIDS epidemic on this tradition of gay men's writing, discussing in particular Alan Hollinghurst's novel, "The Swimming-Pool Library".

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