Hellenism and homosexuality in Victorian Oxford /
Linda Dowling.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1994.
xvi, 173 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1994.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-168) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-12:
Dowling's study is an exceptionally clear-headed and far-reaching analysis of "the way Greek studies operated as a 'homosexual code' during the great age of English university reform." By establishing the context within which the "spiritual procreancy" delineated in Plato's Symposium came to transform the intellectual and cultural climate of 19th-century Oxford, Dowling offers a fresh perspective on the social impact of such figures as Pater, Symonds, Wilde, and Jowett. But more importantly, Dowling shows how the development of homosexuality as a "normality unencumbered by norms ... originally entered Anglo-American consciousness through ... the ideal of Oxford Hellenism." Beautifully written and argued with subtlety, the book is indispensable for students of Victorian literature, culture, gender studies, and the nature of social change. Upper-division undergraduate and up. D. A. Barton; California State University, Long Beach
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Table of Contents
Aesthete and Effeminatusp. 1
Victorian Manhood and the Warrior Idealp. 32
The Socratic Erosp. 67
The Higher Sodomyp. 104
Works Citedp. 155
Indexp. 169
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