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Outrages : sex, censorship and the criminalization of love / Naomi Wolf.

Wolf, Naomi, author. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780544274020
  • ISBN: 0544274024
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: A gentle angel -- "In memoriam arcadie" -- "A gentle angel enter'd" -- 1855 : leaves of grass -- Inventing the modern crime of obscenity -- The war against "filth" -- Civil divorce and the invention of sodomy as a crime against the state -- Formative scandals -- Calamus : "paths untrodden" -- Symonds' second scandal -- "Goblin market" : attraction and aversion -- The state seizes the female body -- Love and literature driven underground -- "I will go with him I love" -- Regina v. Hicklin : "to deprave and corrupt" -- Dangerous poems -- The anus and the state -- Criminalizing "effeminacy" : the arrests of Fanny and Stella -- "My constant companion" -- Comstock : censorship crosses the Atlantic -- Counter-campaigns and resistance -- The arrests of Simeon Solomon -- Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh -- "The Greek spirit" -- "Were I as free" : the secret sodomy poems -- Braveries -- Pilgrimage to Camden -- The Labouchere Amendment : "gross indecency" -- Prophets of modernity -- "The life-long love of comrades" -- "A problem in modern ethics" -- "As written by himself" -- Epilogue : afterlives.
Summary, etc.: "The best-selling author of Vagina, Give Me Liberty, and The End of America illuminates a dramatic buried story of gay history--how a single English law in 1857 led to a maelstrom, with reverberations lasting down to our day"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    *Starred Review* Consider the nineteenth-century British man of letters John Addington Symonds. Born in 1840, he was, Wolf asserts, a seminal, world-changing figure. By claiming that love between men was natural and good, he was, she continues, the originator of the "modern identity of male homosexuality in the West." It was an uphill battle. Symonds was gay himself, although never out publicly, and his writing on homosexuality remained mostly unpublished during his lifetime. Wolf discusses Symonds and his work here in the larger context of a world of oppressive British laws against obscenity and sodomy, laws that led to the state's creation of our modern concept of homophobia and made the professions of writer, editor, publisher, and bookseller increasingly dangerous. This was the climate in which the American poet Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass would be published—and banned—in Britain. Now a classic, of course, the book was then considered by some to be lewd and obscene. To Symonds, however, it was a revelation and he began a lively correspondence with Whitman, expressing particular interest in and asking for explication of the homoerotic "Calamus" section. Whitman's influence extended beyond Symonds, of course, and he becomes a special focus for Wolf. Withal, her remarkable book is a tour de force of research and insight into Symonds' life and work and the related evolution of public and state attitudes toward homosexuality. Hers is an essential contribution not only to queer history but also to studies of nineteenth-century culture. It is not to be missed. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

NAOMI WOLF is the author most recently of Vagina, Give Me Liberty, and The End of America, all New York Times bestsellers, and of the landmark international bestseller The Beauty Myth. 

Subject: Symonds, John Addington, 1840-1893.
Symonds, John Addington, 1840-1893.
Homosexuality and literature > Great Britain.
Male homosexuality > England > London > History > 19th century.
Obscenity (Law) > Great Britain.
Censorship > Great Britain.
London (England) > Social life and customs > 19th century.
Homosexuality and literature.
Male homosexuality.
Manners and customs.
Obscenity (Law)
England > London.
Great Britain.
Genre: History.
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