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Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Kate Thomas


In 1889 uniformed post boys were found moonlighting in a West End brothel frequented by men of the upper classes. "The Cleveland Street Scandal" erupted and Victorian Britain was gripped by the possibility that the Post Office – a bureaucratic backbone of nation and empire – was inspiring and servicing perverse passions. The alliance between transgressive sex and the Post Office that the scandal illuminated was neither incidental nor singular; there was something queer about the post in the nineteenth century. Postal Pleasures tells the story of queer postal relations, from Post Office reforms ... More

Keywords: victorian, literature, culture, scandal, sex, queer, post office, communication technology, fin de siècle, epistolary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199730919
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Thomas, author
Bryn Mawr College