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Author Janes, Dominic,
Title Oscar Wilde prefigured : queer fashioning and British caricature, 1750-1900 / Dominic Janes.
Imprint Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

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Author Janes, Dominic,
Subject Caricature -- Social aspects -- Great Britain.
Gay men -- Great Britain -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Dandies -- Great Britain -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Gay men in art.
Homosexuality and art -- Great Britain.
Homosexuality -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Homosexuality -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 279 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- "Dammee Sammy you'r a sweet pretty Creature" Macaronis -- Men of feeling -- The later eighteenth century: conclusions -- "Corps de beaux" Regency dandies -- Byronists -- The earlier nineteenth century: conclusions -- "An unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde Sort" Aesthetes -- New men -- The later nineteenth century: conclusions.
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Summary I do not say you are it, but you look it, and you pose at it, which is just as bad," Lord Queensbury challenged Oscar Wilde in the courtroom which erupted in laughter accusing Wilde of posing as a sodomite. What was so terrible about posing as a sodomite, and why was Queensbury's horror greeted with such amusement? In Oscar Wilde Prefigured, Dominic Janes suggests that what divided the two sides in this case was not so much the question of whether Wilde was or was not a sodomite, but whether or not it mattered that people could appear to be sodomites. For many, intimations of sodomy were simply a part of the amusing spectacle of sophisticated life. Oscar Wilde Prefigured is a study of the prehistory of this "queer moment" in 1895. Janes explores the complex ways in which men who desired sex with men in Britain had expressed such interests through clothing, style, and deportment since the mid-eighteenth century. He supplements the well-established narrative of the inscription of sodomitical acts into a homosexual label and identity at the end of the nineteenth century by teasing out the means by which same-sex desires could be signaled through visual display in Georgian and Victorian Britain.
Note Description based on print version record.
ISBN 9780226396552 (electronic bk.)
022639655X (electronic bk.)
9780226358642 (cloth ; alk. paper)
022635864X (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 961117101
Additional Format Print version: Janes, Dominic. Oscar Wilde prefigured. Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016 9780226358642 (DLC) 2016007547 (OCoLC)940342255.

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