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By Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton

Carolyn Oulton recovers the suggestions nineteenth-century authors used to justify the precise of same-sex romantic friendship and the anxieties those ideas display. trained through fresh insights into the erotic strength of such relationships, yet fascinated by romantic friendship as an self sufficient and entirely formulated perfect, Oulton departs from different critics who view romantic friendship as both nebulous and culturally naive or an invocation of homoerotic responsiveness. via contemplating either female and male friendships, Oulton uncovers fabulous parallels among them in novels and poetry by way of authors akin to Dickens, Tennyson, Disraeli, Charlotte Brontë, and Braddon. Oulton additionally examines behavior manuals, periodicals, and spiritual treatises, tracing advancements from mid-century to the fin de siècle, whilst romantic friendship first got here below critical assault. Her publication is a persuasive problem to people who view mid-Victorian England, current in a nation of happy pre-Freudian innocence, as unproblematically accommodating of passionate same-sex relationships.

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