Nameless Offences: Homosexual Desire in the 19th Century

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I.B.Tauris, Aug 2, 2003 - History - 258 pages
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Homosexuality became increasingly visible in 19th-century English society and problems related to the "secret vice" and the "love that dare not speak its name" go to the root of Victorian social and cultural history. Nameless Offences shows how the homosexual "closet" was created. Prevention of slander and the vilification involved in scandals among the ruling classes were potent reasons to marginalize homosexuality and create the "closet." The Victorian masculine "character" was at issue as the homosexual scandals of the 1880s exposed the gulf between notions of private and public morality.
  

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Contents

Histories of the Closet?
1
Prosecuting the Unnatural Crime
15
Policing Sodomy in the NineteenthCentury City
50
Reading the Sodomite
77
Respectability Blackmail and the Transformation of Scandal
115
A Strange and Indescribable Feeling Unspeakable Desires in LateVictorian England
157
Conclusion
199
Notes
201
Select Bibliography
227
Index
253
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H.G. Cocks is Research Fellow at the Department of History, University of Manchester.

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