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Title: What kind of love came to Professor Guildea? Robert Hichens, Oscar Wilde, and the Queer Ghosts of Hyde Park
Authors: Freeman, Nick
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA)
Citation: FREEMAN, N., 2016. What Kind of Love Came to Professor Guildea? Robert Hichens, Oscar Wilde, and the Queer Ghosts of Hyde Park. Modern Language Review, 111(2), pp.333-351.
Abstract: This article examines the ways in which ghost stories by Robert Hichens (1864-1950) inhabit the repressive sexual climate that followed the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde in 1895. Through a close reading of Tongues of Conscience (1900) and particularly 'How Love Came to Professor Guildea', it argues that Hichens used the ghost story as a mask for more complex investigations of homoeroticism, desire, and denial, and that the 'morbidity' contemporary critics recognized but could not pin down is closely linked to the story’s sexual ambivalence.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Modern Language Review and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.111.2.0333
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.5699/modelangrevi.111.2.0333
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19617
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.111.2.0333
ISSN: 0026-7937
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (English and Drama)

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