Before Wilde: Sex between Men in Britain's Age of Reform [NOOK Book]

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This book examines changing perceptions of sex between men in early Victorian Britain, a significant yet surprisingly little explored period in the history of Western sexuality. Looking at the dramatic transformations of the era—changes in the family and in the law, the emergence of the world's first police force, the growth of a national media, and more—Charles Upchurch asks how perceptions of same-sex desire changed between men, in families, and in the larger society. To illuminate these questions, he mines a ...
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Before Wilde: Sex between Men in Britain's Age of Reform

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Overview

This book examines changing perceptions of sex between men in early Victorian Britain, a significant yet surprisingly little explored period in the history of Western sexuality. Looking at the dramatic transformations of the era—changes in the family and in the law, the emergence of the world's first police force, the growth of a national media, and more—Charles Upchurch asks how perceptions of same-sex desire changed between men, in families, and in the larger society. To illuminate these questions, he mines a rich trove of previously unexamined sources, including hundreds of articles pertaining to sex between men that appeared in mainstream newspapers. The first book to relate this topic to broader economic, social, and political changes in the early nineteenth century, Before Wilde sheds new light on the central question of how and when sex acts became identities.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a very important book. It may even be a historic book. . . . One reads this book with grateful amazement. . . . Breathtaking."--Huffington Post

"Fascinating and informative. . . . Upchurch has set a standard for depth and originality of research and creative social analysis."--Gay City News

"A meticulous study. . . . Illuminating."--Victorian Studies

"A powerful and persuasive account of male-male sexual relations in the age of reform."--Men & Masculinities

"A very fine book. Upchurch's sophisticated work instructively points scholars in new chronological and methodological directions."--Journal of the History of Sexuality

Huffington Post

“This is a very important book. It may even be a historic book. . . . One reads this book with grateful amazement. . . . Breathtaking.”
Gay City News

“Fascinating and informative. . . . Upchurch has set a standard for depth and originality of research and creative social analysis.”
Victorian Studies

“A meticulous study. . . . Illuminating.”
Men & Masculinities - Denis O'Donovan

“A powerful and persuasive account of male-male sexual relations in the age of reform.”
Journal Of The History Of Sexuality - pAuL r. desLAndes University of Vermont
“A very fine book. Upchurch’s sophisticated work instructively points scholars in new chronological and methodological directions.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520943582
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Charles Upchurch is Associate Professor of History at Florida State University.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction

PART ONE. UNDERSTANDINGS
1. Families and Sex between Men
2. Class, Masculinity, and Spaces

PART TWO. EARLY NINETEENTH-CENTURY CHANGES
3. Law and Reform in the 1820s
4. Public Men: The Metropolitan Police
5. Unnatural-Assault Reporting in the London Press

PART THREE. IMPLICATIONS
6. Patterns within the Changes
7. Conclusion: Character and Medicine

Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
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