The Wilde Century: Effeminacy, Oscar Wilde, and the Queer Moment

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Columbia University Press, 1994 - Social Science - 216 pages
Explores how the characters in Oscar Wilde's plays, though not specifically gay, epitomize today's image of the effeminate male, how they relate to British theatrical fops and other characters since early modern times, how the representation of same-sex passion was altered by Wilde's expose and trial as a homosexual, and how the stereotype of the gay man became established in the 20th century. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


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