Secret Selves: Confession and Same-sex Desire in Victorian Autobiography

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 270 pages
Focusing on the representation of same-sex desire in Victorian autobiographical writing, Oliver Buckton offers significant new readings of works by some of the most influential figures in late-nineteenth-century literature and culture. Combining original
 

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Contents

An Unnatural State Secrecy and Perversion in John Henry Newmans Apologia pro Vita Sua
21
The Secret Which I Carried Desire and Displacement in John Addington Symondss Memoirs
60
Defacing Oscar Wilde
107
A Double Nature The Hidden Agenda of Edward Carpenters My Days and Dreams
161
Strange Desires Sexual Reconstruction in E M Forsters Secret Fictions
206
NOTES INTRODUCTION
219
WORKS CITED
251
INDEX
261
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Page 12 - We assume that life produces the autobiography as an act produces its consequences, but can we not suggest, with equal justice, that the autobiographical project may itself produce and determine the life and that whatever the writer does is in fact governed by the technical demands of self-portraiture and thus determined, in all its aspects, by the resources of his medium?

About the author (1998)

Oliver S. Buckton is associate professor of English at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

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