My secret life and the sexual economy of fin-de-siecle England

Harmes, Barbara and Harmes, Marcus (2012) My secret life and the sexual economy of fin-de-siecle England. Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 17 (1). pp. 15-26. ISSN 1327-8746

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This paper proposes that the volumes of My Secret Life reveal an explicit linkage and juxtaposition of the respectable and perverse which was at the heart of fin-de-siècle British culture. In particular this paper reads 'Walter’s' text as a parody of materialism that terminates in fin-de-siècle 'exhaustion' and decline - 'free-enterprise' itself beyond control. Confession opens a site for resistance and subversion, 'Walter’s' text legitimating deviance and rejecting ideas of the thrift of sperm which characterized the discursive controls of the late-nineteenth century.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2013 04:40
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2015 06:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: 'Walter'; My Secret Life; Prostitution - Nineteenth Century; Victorian England
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology

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