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New Men

New Men

Chapter:
(p.191) Chapter Nine New Men
Source:
Oscar Wilde Prefigured
Author(s):
Dominic Janes
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226396552.003.0009

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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