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Author Foldy, Michael S., 1953-

Title The trials of Oscar Wilde : deviance, morality, and late-Victorian society / Michael S. Foldy.

Published New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [1997]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  828.809 WILD/ FOLD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv,206 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [193]-199) and index.
Contents 1. The Queensberry Libel Trial -- 2. Wilde's Criminal Trials -- 3. The Reception of the Trials in the Press -- 4. The Cultural Climate of the Trials: Heterosexism and Homophobia as Historical Constructs -- 5. The Pathology of Pleasure and the Eschatology of Immanence: Theorizing Wilde's Identity and Desire -- 6. "Social Purity" and Social Pollution: Wilde and the National Health.
Summary In late-Victorian England, the renowned writer Oscar Wilde was convicted of "acts of gross indecency with men". Analyzing the trial testimony and press coverage, historian Michael S. Foldy considers the climate of the times and argues that the prosecution of Wilde was directly linked to many larger social, cultural, and political issues that transcended simple moral concerns about his homosexuality.
Subject Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Homosexuality and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Trials (Sodomy) -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
Authors, Irish -- 19th century -- Biography.
Gay men -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Civilization -- 19th century.
ISBN 0300071124 £12.95