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Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Kate Thomas

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199730919
eISBN:
9780199918461
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In 1889 uniformed post boys were found moonlighting in a West End brothel frequented by men of the upper classes. "The Cleveland Street Scandal" erupted and Victorian Britain was gripped by the ... More


Postal Digressions: Mail and Sexual Scandal

Kate Thomas

in Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199730919
eISBN:
9780199918461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The 1889 Cleveland Street Scandal turned post boys into rent boys and suggested an institutional likeness between the Post Office and the brothel. Governmental investigations revealed that this was ... More


“This Little Queen’s Head Can’t Be Untrue”: Trollope’s Postal Infidelities

Kate Thomas

in Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199730919
eISBN:
9780199918461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Anthony Trollope wrote twenty-one of his forty-seven novels while simultaneously holding down a full-time appointment in the General Post Office. He also invented the pillar-box. For Trollope, and ... More


A Queer Job for a Girl: The Communicative Touch in Trollope, Hardy, and Lynn Linton

Kate Thomas

in Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199730919
eISBN:
9780199918461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Between 1877 and 1881, Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hardy and Eliza Lynn Linton published stories which all portray women companions who are "more like lovers than girl and girl." The women are also all ... More


All Red Routes: Blood Brotherhood and the Post in Doyle, Kipling, and Stoker

Kate Thomas

in Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199730919
eISBN:
9780199918461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The British empire was made of colonies marked red on the map; an infamously disparate geography that was governed at a distance. These colonies were linked by a vast web of telegraph and postal ... More


Postscript: Henry James’s Public Servant

Kate Thomas

in Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199730919
eISBN:
9780199918461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter is a reading of the female civil servant as a queer agent in Henry James’ 1898 novella In the Cage. This novella’s central trope of "queer extensions" of experience and self are likened ... More


Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities

Holly Furneaux

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199566099
eISBN:
9780191721915
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566099.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book offers a radically new reading of Dickens and his major works. It demonstrates that, rather than representing a largely conventional, conservative view of sexuality and gender, he presents ... More


Homotropics: Queer Travels and New Homelands

Holly Furneaux

in Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199566099
eISBN:
9780191721915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566099.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter offers a detailed look at the limitations to the domestic accommodation of queer desires, investigating the homoerotic possibilities of overseas locales. It explores those desires that ... More


Postscript Doing Dickens: The Queer Politics of Adaptation

Holly Furneaux

in Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199566099
eISBN:
9780191721915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566099.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This final brief postscript explores the ways in which Dickens's queer legacy is variously extended, revised, and disavowed. For instance, in his collection Dickens on Screen, John Glavin suggests ... More


The Whole Queer Business of Wisteria Lodge

Andrew Glazzard

in The Case of Sherlock Holmes: Secrets and Lies in Conan Doyle's Detective Fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474431293
eISBN:
9781474453769
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474431293.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

‘Wisteria Lodge’, published in the Strand in 1908 and collected in His Last Bow (1917), is in two parts. The first, entitled ‘The Singular Experience of Mr John Scott Eccles’, covers the client’s ... More


Introduction

Kathleen Frederickson

in The Ploy of Instinct: Victorian Sciences of Nature and Sexuality in Liberal Governance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262519
eISBN:
9780823266395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262519.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Instinct has a longer history than the comparatively modern category “sexuality”, having been first elaborated in antiquity as the binary twin to reason. Looking at instinct’s relationship to ... More


Where Liberals Fear to Tread: . M. Forster’s Queer Internationalism and the Ethics of Care

Lauren M. E. Goodlad

in The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty, and Transnational Experience

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198728276
eISBN:
9780191794490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728276.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

The first of two chapters to follow the geopolitical aesthetic beyond its mid-Victorian distillations, Chapter 7 explores E. M. Forster’s queer variation on internationalism. Scholars since Trilling ... More


Oscar Wilde’s Ephemeral Form

Gage McWeeny

in The Comfort of Strangers: Social Life and Literary Form

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199797202
eISBN:
9780190461188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797202.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Through Wilde, ephemeral sociality emerges as a full-fledged aesthetic project. Taking up the epigram, Wilde’s miniature signal literary form, this chapter shows how what Wilde calls the “burden” of ... More


Introduction: Traumatic Earliness

Paul K. Saint-Amour

in Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780190200947
eISBN:
9780190200978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190200947.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The introduction builds on Lewis Mumford’s notion of a “collective psychosis” of expectation, a psychic wounding produced by the anticipation of violence in cities facing imminent bombardment from ... More


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