1st Edition

Nineteenth-Century Writings on Homosexuality A Sourcebook

Edited By Chris White Copyright 1999
    392 Pages
    by Routledge

    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    Nineteenth-Century Writings on Homosexuality is a comprehensive collection which provides, for the first time in one volume, many texts unavailable outside specialised academic libraries. Chris White has brought together a wide range of primary source material, including prose, poetry, fiction, history and polemic from 1810 to 1914.
    Nineteenth-Century Writings on Homosexuality includes writing on:
    * trials and scandals
    * censorship and homophobia
    * cultural and personal history
    * love and friendship
    * lesbianism
    * aestheticism and decadence
    * sexual tourism and colonialism
    * cross-class desire
    * sodomy and sadomasochism.
    Containing a general introduction, section headnotes, a bibliography of primary and secondary source material, this book is extraordinarily well researched.

    The Vere Street brothel case, 1810, Oscar Wilde, 'The Disciple', 1905, Oscar Wilde, 'Quia multum amavi', 1881, Charlotte Bronte to Ellen Nussey, 20 February 1837, Havelock Ellis from 'My Life', 1916, Aleister Crowley, from White Stains, 1898, Aleister Crowley from The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, 1929.


    Chris White is lecturer in Literature at Bolton Institute. She is the co-editor with Elaine Hobby of What Lesbians Do in Books, and has published a number of essays on nineteenth-century homosexuality and lesbianism.

    'Well-judged, economical and shrewd.' - Alan Sinfield, Gay Times

    'Chris White's editorial approach is quite inspired. Instead of laying out the material chronologically, White presents along a continium based on what was sayable or not sayable about same-sex desire in the 1800s, moving from the permissable to the least.' - Lewis Gannett