Nameless Offences: Homosexual Desire in the 19th Century
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 1880¿s exposed the gulf between notions of private and public morality.
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