9780415902304

Talk on the Wilde Side

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415902304

  • ISBN10:

    0415902304

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1992-10-22
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Talk on the Wilde Sidefocuses on the formation of a new 'type' of sexual category in the newpaper reports of the trials of Oscar Wilde, relating this to middle-class discussions of masculinity throughout the nineteenth century.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Prologue: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Trials; or, Why I Digress 1(8)
Part I: Against the Norm 9(88)
Embodying the Englishman: A Theoretical Fiction
15(20)
Taking Sex in Hand: Inscribing Masturbation and the Construction of Normative Masculinity
35(34)
Marking Social Dis-Ease: Normalizing Male ``Continence'' and the (Re) Criminalization of Male Sexuality
69(28)
Part II: Pressing Issues 97(113)
Legislating the Norm: From ``Sodomy'' to ``Gross Indecency''
103(23)
Typing Wilde: Construing the ``Desire to Appear to Be a Person Inclined to the Commission of the Gravest of All Offenses''
126(47)
Dis-Posing the Body: ``Gross Indecency'' and the Remapping of Male Sexuality
173(37)
Epilogue: What's in a Name? 210(5)
Notes 215(42)
Index 257

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