Queer empathy: or, reading/writing the queer in Victorian poetry

Virginia Blain

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Any study of Victorian sexuality provides a cultural mirror for our own contemporary anxieties about sexual difference, homophobia, alternative masculinities and the range of perversities that characterizes 'queer' practices. This article explores notions of queer subjectivity and empathy in writer/reader relations as they inform cross-gender or transsexual play in late Victorian poetics, as demonstrated by the controversial William Sharp/Fiona Macleod impersonation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalLiterature compass
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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