Romantic Friendship in Victorian Literature (The Nineteenth Century Series)

Romantic Friendship in Victorian Literature (The Nineteenth Century Series)


Carolyn Oulton recovers the techniques nineteenth-century authors used to justify the fitting of same-sex romantic friendship and the anxieties those techniques display. proficient via fresh insights into the erotic capability of such relationships, yet interested in romantic friendship as an self reliant and entirely formulated excellent, Oulton departs from different critics who view romantic friendship as both nebulous and culturally naive or an invocation of homoerotic responsiveness. by means of contemplating either female and male friendships, Oulton uncovers astonishing parallels among them in novels and poetry by means of authors corresponding to Dickens, Tennyson, Disraeli, Charlotte Brontë, and Braddon. Oulton additionally examines behavior manuals, periodicals, and non secular treatises, tracing advancements from mid-century to the fin de siècle, while romantic friendship first got here less than severe assault. Her ebook is a persuasive problem to people who view mid-Victorian England, current in a kingdom of completely happy pre-Freudian innocence, as unproblematically accommodating of passionate same-sex relationships.

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