Class, Masculinity, and Spaces

Charles Upchurch

in Before Wilde

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258532
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943582 | DOI:
Class, Masculinity, and Spaces

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Circumstances played a large role in how men understood their sexual activities with other men. The class backgrounds of the participants, the relative ages of the individuals involved, and the spaces in which those sexual acts occurred were all important. These relationships were also shaped by the exercise of power, resulting in more or less overt forms of influence, coercion, and violence. Many of these aspects of sexuality between men during this period have been identified by other scholars, but they have not been differentiated according to class and geographic location. One model for differentiating patterns of behavior and motivation between groups of men, grounded in the concerns of the early nineteenth century, is provided by Anna Clark's analysis of the diaries of Anne Lister.

Keywords: men; class; spaces; sexual acts; power; sexuality; behavior; Anna Clark; Anne Lister

Chapter.  12865 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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