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Victorian sexualities

Furneaux, Holly ORCID: 2011. Victorian sexualities. Literature Compass 8 (10) , pp. 767-775. 10.1111/j.1741-4113.2011.00834.x

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The popular stereotype of the prudish Victorians has persisted for too long. This article charts the rethinking of Victorian sexuality in the academy and beyond. It presents a detailed examination of the effects of sexological categorisation, looking at the legacy of the invention of homosexuality and heterosexuality for approaches to the period. In particular it explores the ramifications of Michel Foucault’s discursive thesis, under which the homosexual became a species. In a final section the essay traces recent developments in the field, unrestricted by the binary opposition of the homo and hetero, enabled by queer theory and the turn to affect. Such approaches have given rise to fuller accounts of the varieties of Victorian emotional and erotic experience, work that can counter far right misappropriations of the period as a type of heterosexual gold-standard.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1741-4113
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 09:09

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