The Making of Victorian Sexual Attitudes

The Making of Victorian Sexual Attitudes

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How were Victorian sexual attitudes formed? Victorian sexual moralism was real enough, but what was its nature? The Victorians are often called puritanical, with the implication that their sexual moralism was religiously-based. It was opposed, we like to think, by free-thinkers and progressives, and perhaps also by the working class. This study develops a revisionist account of Victorian sexual ideology which argues that to be "Victorian" about sex was actually, in its day, to be progressive, optimistic and modern-minded. Taking a look at crucial movements, episodes and individuals from the Swedenborgians to prostitute rescue and Owenism, this book strikes at the root of conventional wisdom about the English 19th century.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 120 x 190 x 19.05mm | 205g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192853198
  • 9780192853196

About Michael Mason

Michael Mason has edited the Oxford Authors edition of William Blake (OPB, 1988), and is Wordsworth and Coleridge: Lyrical Ballads (Longman, 1992), and Trollope: Miscellaneous Essays and Reviews (Arno 1981). He lives in Oxford.
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