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Queer DickensErotics, Families, Masculinities$
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Holly Furneaux

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566099

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566099.001.0001

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The Gentle Man's Queer Touch: Reparative Masculinities

The Gentle Man's Queer Touch: Reparative Masculinities

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(p.212) 6 The Gentle Man's Queer Touch: Reparative Masculinities
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Queer Dickens
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Holly Furneaux (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566099.003.0007

Dickens's same-sex nursing narratives draw on a wider eroticization of nursing to enhance their homoerotic suggestiveness. Such tender, restorative contact provides a crucial balance to instances in which same-sex desire is expressed as brutality, offering a highly positive mode for homoerotic expression. This chapter extends the focus further from the sexual, examining the wider affirmations and queer effects of male touch.

Keywords:   homoerotic suggestiveness, same-sex nursing, male touch, homoerotic expression

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