By William A. Cohen
Scandal, then as now, makes public the key indiscretions of widespread humans, engrossing its viewers in salacious info that violate the very code of propriety it goals to implement. In narratives starting from Great Expectations to the Boulton and Park sodomy scandal of 1870–71, from Eliot’s and Trollope’s novels approximately scandalous ladies to Oscar Wilde’s writing and his trials for homosexuality, Cohen indicates how, in every one example, sexuality looks couched in coded phrases. He identifies an collection of crafty narrative ideas used to insinuate intercourse into Victorian writing, demonstrating that whilst such narratives air the scandalous topic, they emphasize its unspeakable nature.
Written with a watch towards the intercourse scandals that also whet the appetites of shoppers of stories and novels, this paintings is suggestive approximately our personal modes of imagining sexuality at the present time and the way we arrived at them. Sex Scandal will attract students and normal readers drawn to Victorian literature, the background of sexuality, gender stories, nineteenth-century Britain, and homosexual, lesbian, and queer studies.