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London and the Culture of Homosexuality, 1885-1914 (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture) Paperback – 9 Mar 2009
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Review of the hardback: 'The book draws on literary scholarship as well as lesbian, gay or queer theory. It deploys urban geography as easily as the new social history. Cook does not have to prove the value of the topic. He can deploy it to bring to life a moment of history on the cusp of radical change.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
From the hardback review: '… despite taking a very broad interdisciplinary approach to its subject, finds its main strength in providing and examining just this wealth of neglected details, often bringing them to bear on quite well-known events in an extremely illuminating way. … an essential sourcebook for any student of the homosexual culture of this period, whether studying the arts, the sciences, or politics.' MLR
Matt Cook explores the relationship between London and homosexuality in the period 1885 to 1914. Cook combines discussion of London's homosexual subculture and various major and minor scandals with a detailed examination of representations in the press, in science and in literature.See all Product description
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What is also interesting and encouraging is that, of course, gay relationships continued to flourish despite persecution and men like Ives, Symonds and Carpenter sought to campaign for a changed view of sex between men, situating it as one facet of normal social behaviour. There is a continuous thread between their work and the Stonewall movement of the 1970s, and between the secret London of Soho then and the proudly out and open Soho of today.