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Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities

Holly Furneaux


This book offers a radically new reading of Dickens and his major works. It demonstrates that, rather than representing a largely conventional, conservative view of sexuality and gender, he presents a distinctly queer corpus, everywhere fascinated by the diversity of gender roles, the expandability of notions of the family, and the complex multiplicity of sexual desire. The book examines the long overlooked figures of bachelor fathers, maritally resistant men, and male nurses, and explores Dickens's attention to a longing, not to reproduce, but to nurture, his interest in healing touch, and hi ... More

Keywords: Dickens, homoeroticism, queer, gender, families of choice, masculinity, bachelors, male nurses, nurture, history of sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199566099
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Holly Furneaux, author
Lecturer in Victorian Studies, University of Leicester
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