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L’homosexualité masculine pendant les "naughty nineties"

Abstract : In 1925, the expression “naughty nineties” was written for the first time. This chrononym, which still exists nowadays, defines the 1890s in Great Britain as a period of “moral laxity and sexual licence,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, it was also during that period that Oscar Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency with several young men, and sentenced to two years’ hard labour, which was the highest sentence permitted by law. This case ruined Wilde’s literary carrier, and forced him to leave the country after his release from prison. Therefore, can the 1890s be truly described as a period of sexual license? By taking the prism of male homosexuality, I will try in this master thesis to prove the legitimacy – or the illegitimacy – of the expression “naughty nineties.” How was male same-sex desire perceived during British fin-de-siècle? Were the 1890s a more tolerant period for male homosexuals to live in, or, conversely, were they more restrictive, as the end of the Oscar Wilde case might suggest?
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Francesca Coulombel. L’homosexualité masculine pendant les "naughty nineties". Sciences de l'Homme et Société. 2019. ⟨dumas-02274967⟩

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