The Trials of Oscar Wilde: Deviance, Morality, and Late-Victorian Society

The Trials of Oscar Wilde: Deviance, Morality, and Late-Victorian Society

by Michael S. Foldy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300071124

ISBN-13: 9780300071122

Pub. Date: 10/28/1997

Publisher: Yale University Press

Following Oscar Wilde's 1895 trials for committing "acts of gross indecency with men," he lost his freedom, his family, his reputation, his will to create, and even his will to live. This book sets out to examine what it was about late-Victorian society that allowed this to happen, indeed needed it to happen, and what the trials tell us about the taste and morals of

Overview

Following Oscar Wilde's 1895 trials for committing "acts of gross indecency with men," he lost his freedom, his family, his reputation, his will to create, and even his will to live. This book sets out to examine what it was about late-Victorian society that allowed this to happen, indeed needed it to happen, and what the trials tell us about the taste and morals of late-Victorian England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300071122
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii(1)
Introduction ix
1 THE QUEENSBERRY LIBEL TRIAL
1(30)
2 WILDE'S CRIMINAL TRIALS
31(17)
3 THE RECEPTION OF THE TRIALS IN THE PRESS
48(19)
4 THE CULTURAL CLIMATE OF THE TRIALS Heterosexism and Homophobia as Historical Constructs
67(30)
5 THE PATHOLOGY OF PLEASURE AND THE ESCHATOLOGY OF IMMANENCE Theorizing Wilde's Identity and Desire
97(32)
6 "SOCIAL PURITY" AND SOCIAL POLLUTION Wilde and the National Health
129(25)
Notes 154(39)
Bibliography 193(7)
Index 200

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