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Before Wilde: Sex between Men in Britain's Age of Reform

Charles Upchurch


This book examines changing perceptions of sex between men in early Victorian Britain, a significant yet surprisingly little explored period in the history of Western sexuality. Looking at the dramatic transformations of the era—changes in the family and in the law, the emergence of the world's first police force, the growth of a national media, and more—the book asks how perceptions of same-sex desire changed between men, in families, and in the larger society. To illuminate these questions, it mines a rich trove of previously unexamined sources, including hundreds of articles pertaining to s ... More

Keywords: sex, men, Victorian Britain, same-sex desire, newspapers, sex acts, nineteenth century, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520258532
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520258532.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Upchurch, author

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