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Oscar Wilde Prefigured
Author: Dominic Janes

ISBN: 9780226358642
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 17 October 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
Description:
"I do not say you are it, but you look it, and you pose at it, which is just as bad," Lord Queensbury challenged Oscar Wilde in the courtroom-which erupted in laughter-accusing Wilde of posing as a sodomite. What was so terrible aboutposing as a sodomite, and why was Queensbury's horror greeted with such amusement? InOscar Wilde Prefigured, Dominic Janes suggests that what divided the two sides in this case was not so much the question of whether Wilde was or was not a sodomite, but whether or not it mattered that people couldappear to be sodomites. For many, intimations of sodomy were simply a part of the amusing spectacle of sophisticated life.

Oscar Wilde Prefigured is a study of the prehistory of this "queer moment" in 1895. Janes explores the complex ways in which men who desired sex with men in Britain had expressed such interests through clothing, style, and deportment since the mid-eighteenth century. He supplements the well-established narrative of the inscription of sodomitical acts into a homosexual label and identity at the end of the nineteenth ...

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