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(WILDE, Oscar). FOLDY, Michael S. The Trials of Oscar Wilde : Deviance, Morality, and Late-Victorian Society. New Haven and London : Yale University Press, (1997). First Printing. Pp. (8),[ix]-xv,(1),-206,(2). 8vo, black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "Following Oscar Wilde's 1895 trial for committing 'acts of gross indecency with men,' he lost his freedom, family,reputation, will to create, and even his will to live. This book sets out to examine what it was about late Victorian society that allowed this to happen, indeed needed it to happen, and what the trials tell us about the taste and morals of late Victorian England. [...] Analyzing the trial testimony and the coverage in the press, [Foldy] considers the various images and metaphors used to describe the threat that Wilde posed to English society, and he investigates the social and cultural contexts that dictated how thoseimages were perceived." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. The Queensberr y 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 Homophobias as Historical Constructs; 5. The Pathoogy of PLeasure and the Eschatology of Immanence: Theorizing Wilde's Identity and Desire; 6. "Social Purity" and Social Pollution: Wilde and the National Health. With bibliography and index. Very good in nicked dustjacket. 30.00
Title: Trials of Oscar Wilde : Deviance, Morality, and Late-Victorian Society. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven and London , 1997, ISBN:0300071124:
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