I was hoping that this book would give me more of a working background on attitudes towards masculinity and the attitudes towards homosexuality. This is because a number of European countries at the end of the 19th century took the line that homosexuality should not be classed as criminal but should be seen as a psychological 'disease' that needed curing. UK was one of the countries that didn't take this line, which is why Wilde ended up being imprisoned. While the book does this to a degree, I felt it focused too much on Wilde's trials, whereas I was interested in dandyism and how this challenged bourgeois ideals on masculinity. For more of an insight into Wilde's trials this book is useful, but sadly for my purposes it wasn't quite what I was anticipating.
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