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Rape and Victorian Press Reportage

The nineteenth-century Old Bailey Proceedings (the records of trials prosecuted at the Central Criminal Court) offer us a picture of crime and punishment from the period that is often rich in the detail of everyday life. 706 more words

Men of Letters

A.A. Milne and Z.Z. Top are not just at the opposite ends of the 20th century’s cultural and chronological spectrum, they are also polar examples of another kind.   794 more words

Oscar Wilde

On This Day -15 April 1912 - The Titanic sinks on her maiden voyage

Nowadays we celebrate human disaster almost as much as success, except we call it commemoration. That’s the rationale behind the magnificent Titanic Experience in Belfast. Remembrance = tragedy + time. 663 more words

. . .SPEAKING ITS NAME : The Importance of Being Straight

It is impossible to discuss Oscar Wilde, and his downfall, without also discussing sodomy laws, which were still on the books in most Western countries until quite recently. 2,887 more words

19th Century Literature

Understanding the affects of The Offences against the Person Act 1861

I have often spoke of the 1885 act that affected gay and bisexual men but before this act another law came into place that even though it was not progression in many ways it certainly had some affect on gay life between 1861 and 1885. 941 more words