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New Men

New Men

(p.191) Chapter Nine New Men
Oscar Wilde Prefigured
Dominic Janes
University of Chicago Press

In this chapter a case-study of caricatures included in periodicals of the early 1890s shows some of the ways in which aspects of same-sex desire were becoming legible to a wider audience before the trials of 1895 in relation to concerns over the alleged masculinisation of women as well as the effeminisation of men. Particular attention is focussed on the work of Max Beerbohm whose satirical texts and caricatures ranged from the indulgently amusing to the grotesque.

Keywords:   Oscar Wilde, Max Beerbohm, New Man, Aubrey Beardsley

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