Victorian Demons

Victorian Demons

by Andrew Smith
     
 

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Victorian Demons provides the first extensive exploration of largely middle-class masculinities in crisis at the fin de siècle. It analyzes how ostensibly controlling models of masculinity became demonized in a variety of literary and medical contexts, revealing the period to be much more ideologically complex than has hitherto been understood.

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Victorian Demons provides the first extensive exploration of largely middle-class masculinities in crisis at the fin de siècle. It analyzes how ostensibly controlling models of masculinity became demonized in a variety of literary and medical contexts, revealing the period to be much more ideologically complex than has hitherto been understood. Andrew Smith demonstrates how a Gothic language of monstrosity, drawn from narratives such as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Dracula, increasingly influenced a range of medical and cultural contexts, destabilizing these apparently dominant masculine scripts. He provides a concise analysis of a range of examples relating to masculinity drawn from literary, medical, legal and sociological contexts, including Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man), the Whitechapel murders of 1888, Sherlock Holmes's London, the writings and trials of Oscar Wilde, theories of degeneration and medical textbooks on syphilis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719063572
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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