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Published: 01 August 2008

192 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719077142

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The Secret Vice

Masturbation in Victorian Fiction and Medical Culture

Diane Mason

Published by Manchester University Press

  • It explores the importance of both the clincial and popular medical works on the topic, and quotes widely from the original sources for the first time
  • It is the first book on shine light on the hitherto neglected topic of female masturbation, especially as it pertains to women in clinical writing and the bestselling popular medical works aimed at the female reader
  • Mason considers how the popular and pseudo-scientific views on 'the secret vice' informs a broad range of Victorian literature, not only pornography, but also Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and J.S. Le Fanu