Unnatural-Assault Reporting in the London Press

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:
Unnatural-Assault Reporting in the London Press

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By the 1760s most newspapers in the London press were printed with four columns per page. Other elements were also consistent across most London news papers. The different categories of news, such as foreign intelligence, domestic intelligence, shipping news, and other business information were included even in papers that catered to a “fashionable” or “radical” readership. The two themes of animosity toward authority and the call to protect the lower orders pervaded the Black Dwarf's coverage of the most widely discussed unnatural assault arrest that occurred during its lifetime. Implicit in the Black Dwarf article is the idea that a man of weak character who is easily led, as soldiers were assumed to be, might be tempted into sex with other men. The bishop of Clogher is presented as already beyond the pale of depravity: the greatest concern is expressed for those with whom he might come into contact.

Keywords: London; press; animosity; authority; Black Dwarf; unnatural assault; sex; men; bishop; Clogher

Chapter.  11742 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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