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The Long Nineteenth Century Colloquium presents “The Pleasures and Perils of the Male Body in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain”

Modified: April 11, 2017

The Long Nineteenth Century Colloquium presents “The Pleasures and Perils of the Male Body in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain," a talk by Paul Deslandes, Associate Professor of History at the University of Vermont.

April 25, 2017
5:15 PM
Hagstrum Room
University Hall 201

Synopsis 

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed an unprecedented preoccupation in Great Britain and its empire with viewing, assessing, and collecting photographic and artistic representations of the male body. Viewing and consuming the clothed and naked male body emerged as a distinctive pleasure in this era. This heavily illustrated talk will chart this process, focusing on the ways in which Victorian and Edwardian Britons conceptualized the beautiful and the ugly and utilized the act of viewing to articulate a broad range of sexual desires and identities in an era of dramatic cultural and social change. 

About Paul Deslandes

Paul Deslandes is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Vermont. He is an expert on the history of modern Britain, the British Empire, and gender and sexuality. He has published multiple essays, book chapters, and articles on these topics in a variety of journals and edited collections including the Journal of British StudiesGender and History, and Victorian Studies. He is also the author of Oxbridge Men: British Masculinity and the Undergraduate Experience, 1850-1920. The subject of his talk is drawn from research for a book that he is completing titled, The Culture of Male Beauty in Britain: From the First Photographs to David Beckham.

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