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Citizen, Invert, QueerLesbianism and War in Early Twentieth-Century Britain$
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Deborah Cohler

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816649754

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816649754.001.0001

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Imperialist Classifications: Sexology, Decadence, and New Women in the 1890s

Imperialist Classifications: Sexology, Decadence, and New Women in the 1890s

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Imperialist Classifications: Sexology, Decadence, and New Women in the 1890s
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Citizen, Invert, Queer
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Deborah Cohler

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816649754.003.0001

This chapter interrogates the interconnected politics of empire in three areas of British representation in the 1890s: the early work of the influential sexologist Havelock Ellis; the treatment of female sexuality and empire in Oscar Wilde’s “decadent” play Salomé; and the writings of a renegade “New Woman” novelist, Victoria Cross. In so doing, it highlights the imperialist foundations of many so-called radical British writings on sexuality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, whether the writings take as their objects proper British subjects or contemplate the sexual proclivities of those residing “in the hotter regions of the globe”.

Keywords:   empire, British representation, Havelock Ellis, female sexuality, Oscar Wilde, Victoria Cross, British national identity

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