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Disreputable Pleasures : Less Virtuous Victorians at Play - Mike Huggins

Disreputable Pleasures

Less Virtuous Victorians at Play

By: Mike Huggins (Editor), J. A. Mangan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 26th August 2004
ISBN: 9780415345989
Number Of Pages: 272

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Many historians have claimed that respectability was the sharpest line of social division in Victorian society, even that the line between the 'respectable' and 'unrespectable' was more significant than between rich and poor. This irreverent and revisionist collection argues that they have over-polarised Victorian attitudes and challenges the conventional view that middle-class Victorian leisure had a respectable and serious purpose and approach.
Disreputable Pleasures explores the more sinful and unrespectable Victorian male sporting pleasures, demonstrating the complex interrelationships between such value as manliness, muscularity and machismo, or sensuality, virility and hedonism. It sheds light on the ways in which the public rhetoric of Victorian respectability could be rendered problematic by the practical pursuit of private pleasures. It shows that Victorian leisure was much more contested cultural space than has been recognised, a battleground whose contestants ranged from the rational recreationalist to the avowedly hedonistic, and from the sacred to the profane.
Disreputable Pleasures poses a powerful challenge to the accepted public image of Victorian society and will greatly add to our present understanding of Victorian Britain.

Prologue: All Mere Complexitiesp. ix
The Privileged Pursuit of Dubious Pleasuresp. 1
Bullies, Beatings, Battles and Bruises: 'Great Days and Jolly Days' at One Mid-Victorian Public Schoolp. 3
Bloods, Blues and Barbarians: Some Aspects of Late Victorian Oxbridgep. 35
Dandy Rats at Play: the Liverpudlian Middle Classes and Horse-Racing in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 57
The Power of Print: the Media and Respectabilityp. 81
Popular Sunday Newspapers, Respectability and Working-Class Culture in Late Victorian Britainp. 83
Disreputable Adolescent Reading: Low-Life, Women-In-Peril and School Sport 'Penny Dreadfuls' from the 1860s to the 1890sp. 103
Cartoons and Comic Periodicals, 1841-1901: a Satirical Sociology of Victorian Sporting Lifep. 124
Vice, Violence and Virility Across Victorian Britainp. 151
A Heart of Darkness? Leisure, Respectability and the Aesthetics of Vice in Victorian Walesp. 153
Violence, Gamesmanship and the Amateur Ideal in Victorian Middle-Class Rugbyp. 172
Ludism, Laughter and Liquor: Homosocial Behaviour in Late-Victorian Scottish Harriers Clubsp. 185
Notesp. 211
Select Bibliographyp. 235
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ISBN: 9780415345989
ISBN-10: 0415345987
Series: Sport in the Global Society
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 26th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 16.61  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1