By Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton
Carolyn Oulton recovers the suggestions nineteenth-century authors used to justify definitely the right of same-sex romantic friendship and the anxieties those innovations demonstrate. trained by means of contemporary insights into the erotic power of such relationships, yet keen on romantic friendship as an autonomous and entirely formulated perfect, Oulton departs from different critics who view romantic friendship as both nebulous and culturally naive or an invocation of homoerotic responsiveness.
By contemplating either female and male friendships, Oulton uncovers astonishing parallels among them in novels and poetry through authors similar to Dickens, Tennyson, Disraeli, Charlotte Brontë, and Braddon. Oulton additionally examines behavior manuals, periodicals, and spiritual treatises, tracing advancements from mid-century to the fin de siècle, whilst romantic friendship first got here less than critical assault. Her booklet is a persuasive problem to people who view mid-Victorian England, current in a country of glad pre-Freudian innocence, as unproblematically accommodating of passionate same-sex relationships.
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Romantic Friendship in Victorian Literature (The Nineteenth Century Series) by Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton