Homosexuality in Nineteenth-Century Literature Trial And Danger - Essay

Trial And Danger

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Jeffrey Meyers

SOURCE: "Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray," in Homosexuality and Literature: 1890-1930, The Athlone Press, 1977, pp. 20-31.

[Meyers's Homosexuality and Literature 1890-1930 offered one of the first serious studies of gay male content in literature. In the chapter excerpted below, Meyers reassesses Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray in light of the author's sexuality, arguing that much of the novel's ambiguity is actually veiled reference to homosexual desire and activity. Although the specifics of Meyers's interpretation have been disputed by more recent scholars, his work apparently helped open the door for direct and extensive...

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