Diane Mason

in The Secret Vice

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780719077142
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701089 | DOI:

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This chapter reflects on the abiding nature of Victorian masturbatory discourse and examines the way the discourse is utilised and modified in the work of contemporary authors with specific reference to Willy Russell's The Wrong Boy (2000). The discourse on masturbation, in terms of its cultural implications at least, does not conclude with the Victorian era. Indeed, it persists to the present, in a popular, albeit frequently comedic form independent of any sustaining contemporary medical support.

Keywords: masturbatory discourse; The Wrong Boy; Willy Russell; Victorian era

Chapter.  2958 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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