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Manly Love: Romantic Friendship in American Fiction

Axel Nissen


The modern idea of Victorians is that they were emotionless prudes, imprisoned by sexual repression and suffocating social constraints; they expressed love and affection only within the bounds of matrimony—if at all. And yet, a wealth of evidence contradicting this idea has been hiding in plain sight for close to a century. This book turns to the novels and short stories of Victorian America to uncover the widely overlooked phenomenon of passionate friendships between men. Its examination of the literature of the period brings to light a forgotten genre: the fiction of romantic friendship. Del ... More

Keywords: Victorian, sexual repression, Victorian America, Victorian culture, marriage, Victorian men

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226586663
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226586687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Axel Nissen, author