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Oscar Wilde Prefigured: Queer Fashioning and British Caricature, 1750-1900

Dominic Janes


Lawyers representing Oscar Wilde claimed that the Marquess of Queensberry had libelled their client by scrawling a phrase on a card that the latter had left at the Albemarle Club in London. At the ensuing trial this was taken to refer to posing as a sodomite. This implies that there was an identifiable way in which to behave and appear in public life as a being sexually interested in other men. But what then what did sodomites look like? And has the role of Wilde been over-emphasised? This study asks whether his example should be appreciated not so much for having revolutionised the ability of ... More

Keywords: caricature, dandyism, fashion, homosexuality, prints, visual culture, queer, Oscar Wilde, Macaronies, aesthetes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226358642
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226396552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Janes, author
Keele University

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