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Homosexuality in Victorian Literature

Summary: Discusses how homosexuality was taboo in Victorian literature. Also provides a comparison of "Turn of the Screw" and "Lost Stradivarius."
In the late eighteeth century, notions of modesty and propriety meant that there were few ways in which sexuality could be discussed openly in a social setting. Gothic narrative served as an outlet. In Victorian Supernatural fiction, the anxieties surrounding homosexuality is a very prominent theme. However, due to the cultural status of homosexuality as taboo, the subject is heavily veiled in literature. In John Mead Faulkner's `The Lost Stradivarius,' the story appears to be about a young man's obsession with a wonderful musical instrument and a particular piece of music. Through carefully disguised metaphor's, the story conveys pertinent information regarding the reception of homosexuality in England during the Victorian period. Similarly, Henry James' psychological tale, `The Turn of the Screw' subtly deals with homosexuality as taboo, and elucidates the repercussions of sexual deviance in children.

Many people think Henry James was homosexual. He lived in an...

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