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Ancient Rome and Victorian Masculinity

Laura Eastlake


Ancient Rome and Victorian Masculinity examines Victorian receptions of ancient Rome from the French Revolution to the First World War, with a specific focus on how those receptions were deployed to create useable models of masculinity. Romans in Victorian literature were at once pagan persecutors, pious statesmen, pleasure-seeking decadents, and heroes of empire. The Roman parallel was used to capture the martial virtue of Wellington just as it was used to condemn the deviance and degeneracy of Oscar Wilde. Using approaches from literary and cultural studies, reception studies, and gender stu ... More

Keywords: ancient Rome, masculinity, Victorian, nineteenth century, manliness, education, politics, empire, decadence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198833031
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Eastlake, author
Lecturer in English Literature, Edge Hill University

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