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Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities$
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Jennifer Ingleheart

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689729

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689729.001.0001

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Rom(e)-antic Visions

Rom(e)-antic Visions

Collecting, Display, and Homosexual Self-Fashioning

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(p.232) 12 Rom(e)-antic Visions
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Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities
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Caroline Vout

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689729.003.0013

This chapter interrogates classical collection and homosexual identities, and the relationship between homosexuality and aestheticism, by revisiting the relationship between domestic space and homo-sociality from the 1760s onwards, questioning how we can recognize queer spaces or homosexual self-fashioning, and examining the role played by the display of classical artefacts. It is interested in the ways in which men such as William John Bankes, William Beckford, Horace Walpole, and Edward Perry Warren performed their masculinity through the art and architecture of their homes, and the place of Greece, and especially Rome, within these performances. This chapter exposes the range of solutions that were found for constructing an identity visually (and by what was not made visible) which championed male–male desire without seeming overly normative or effeminate.

Keywords:   classical collection, homosexual identities, art, architecture, William John Bankes, William Beckford, Horace Walpole, Edward Perry Warren, masculinity

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