'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...I cannot do justice...to the richness of his historical narrative...[he] has found gems of narrative detail...and woven them into a persuasive analysis.' - Morris B. Kaplan, Associate Professor of Philosophy, State University of New York 'The mainspring of the work is the determined endeavour to explode the idea that homosexuality was silenced throughout the nineteenth century... Well-written, the book makes good reading. Most of all, it offers a lively panorama of Victorian society, seen from a refreshingly new perspective that will contribute to the impetus of Masculinities Studies.' -Gilbert Pham-Thanh, Cercles (France) January 2005 'English Literature in Transition' journal (US based). Review by Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck College): "Cocks brings a sophisticated, critical awareness to this empirical work" "The book offers extremely valuable evidence and certainly challenged me to revise my understanding of homosexual identity in the study of the fin de siecle." "clearly breaks new ground...a lot of spark"
About the Author
Dr Harry Cocks is Research Fellow at the Department of History, University of Manchester.