Nameless Offences: Homosexual Desire in the 19th Century by H.G. CocksNameless Offences: Homosexual Desire in the 19th Century by H.G. Cocks

Nameless Offences: Homosexual Desire in the 19th Century

byH.G. Cocks

Paperback | December 15, 2009

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Homosexuality was at the core of Victorian social and cultural history. Nameless Offences shows how the homosexual ‘closet’ was created and yet was both hidden and rejected by English sources for long periods of the 19th century. It was not just by the operation of the law and increasing police enforcement, but also by the efforts of successive governments, politicians and journalists to marginalize homosexuality in civil society. Prevention of slander and vilification among the ruling classes were potent reasons to marginalize homosexuality and create the ‘closet.’ The Victorian masculine ‘character’ was at issue as the 1880s exposed the gulf between notions of private and public morality.

Harry Cocks is Research Fellow at the Department of History at the University of Manchester.
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Title:Nameless Offences: Homosexual Desire in the 19th CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.86 × 5.47 × 0.72 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:I.B. Tauris Company Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1848850905

ISBN - 13:9781848850903

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Table of Contents

* List of maps, tables and figures * Acknowledgements * Introduction: Histories of the Closet? * PART I * Prosecuting the ‘Unnatural Crime’ * Policing Sodomy in the Nineteenth-Century City * PART II * Reading the Sodomite * Respectability, Blackmail and the Transformation of Scandal * PART III * ‘A Strange and Indescribable Feeling’: Unspeakable Desires in Late-Victorian England * Conclusion * Notes * Select Bibliography * Index *

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"Nameless Offences is a cogently argued and well-written book which contributes importantly to our understanding of the history of the legal regulation of sexual behavior between men in the 19th century" -- Morris B. Kaplan, Associate Professor of Philosophy, State University of New York