Houses, Secrets, and the Closet

Locating Masculinities from the Gothic Novel to Henry James

Gero Bauer

Transcript-Verlag

Houses, Secrets, and the Closet

Pub Date: August 2016

ISBN: 9783837634686

234 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00

Houses, Secrets, and the Closet

Locating Masculinities from the Gothic Novel to Henry James

Gero Bauer

Transcript-Verlag

Houses, Secrets, and the Closet investigates the literary production of masculinities and their relation to secrets and sexualities in 18th- and 19th-century fiction. It focuses on close readings of Gothic and sensation novels, as well as tales by Henry James. The study approaches these texts through the lens of domestic space, gender, knowledge, and power. In this way, the book investigates the cultural roots of the closet – the male homosexual secret – which reveals a more general notion of male secrecy in modern society.

About the Author

Gero Bauer is a research fellow at the Center for Gender and Diversity Research, University of Tübingen, Germany. His academic interests include gender and queer studies, camp aesthetics, and European history.