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Masculinity and male homosexuality in Britain, 1861-1913 /
Sean Brady.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
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viii, 265 p.
ISBN
1403947139 (cloth)
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
isbn
1403947139 (cloth)
catalogue key
5557808
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-06-01:
This important monograph challenges orthodoxy about homosexual identity formation in Britain. Influenced by queer theory, Brady (history, Birkbeck College, London) disputes the applicability of Foucault's theory to Britain. Supposedly discursive practices pathologized and criminalized ideas about sexual inversion replacing religious prohibitions. Brady demonstrates that while certainly aware of it in Britain--"one of the most intolerant and hostile cultures"--little discourse happened. The Continent's inversion theorists were ignored or suppressed. British newspapers (except, for a brief spell, The Times) ignored "unnatural sex" cases. Legislators, too, avoided public comment. One Lord Chancellor wished to outlaw any reporting of case particulars. Without access to Krafft-Ebing and denied Havelock Ellis's Sexual Inversion (1896) by censorship, British men could neither read about nor publish their desires. Absent even hostile discourse, they shaped identities "from epistemologies in a closet." Brady analyzes two men who so fashioned selves: John Addington Symonds (doing so in Swiss exile) and Edward Carpenter (with a lover writing in obscure rural Derbyshire). The two stand for many. A fascinating work on masculinity as social status. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. P. K. Cline Earlham College
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"A fascinating work on masculinity as social status." --Choice "Provocative and elegantly argued...Brady represents a new generation of scholarship and it will be exciting to see if other scholars follow his lead." --Julie Ann Taddeo,Victorian Studies "In this book Sean Brady has made a valuable contribution to scholarship on masculinity and homosexuality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Brady presents probably the most empirically comprehensive critique to date of the applicability in Britain of Foucault's challenge to the repressive hypothesis, and his conception of homosexual identity shaped through 'reverse discourse'. What emerges is a very useful counterweight to the work of Weeks and others, an incisive text demonstrating critical thinking, which should be valued by those working in the field." --Matthew Waites,Men and Masculinities
"A fascinating work on masculinity as social status." -- Choice "Provocative and elegantly argued...Brady represents a new generation of scholarship and it will be exciting to see if other scholars follow his lead." -- Julie Ann Taddeo , Victorian Studies "In this book Sean Brady has made a valuable contribution to scholarship on masculinity and homosexuality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Brady presents probably the most empirically comprehensive critique to date of the applicability in Britain of Foucault's challenge to the repressive hypothesis, and his conception of homosexual identity shaped through 'reverse discourse'. What emerges is a very useful counterweight to the work of Weeks and others, an incisive text demonstrating critical thinking, which should be valued by those working in the field." -- Matthew Waites , Men and Masculinities
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This volume is part of a new generation of historical research that challenges prevailing arguments for the medical and legal construction of male homosexual identities in late 19th and early 20th century Britain.
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This book is part of a new generation of historical research that challenges prevailing arguments for the medical and legal construction of male homosexual identities in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. British society could not tolerate the discussion necessary to form medical or legal concepts of "the homosexual". The development of masculinity as a social status is examined, for its influence in shaping societal attitudes towards sex and sexuality between men and fostering resistance to any kind of recognition of these phenomena.
Table of Contents
Introduction
History
Masculinity
Legislation
Resistance
Lives
Conclusion
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