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The politics of disease
Andrew Smith

) practices evidenced in these accounts of syphilis (including Nordau’s) do indicate a desire to both discuss the dangers of apparently normative middle-class male sexual conduct, and an attempt to conceal such conduct. Although Hutchinson and Cooper provide specific examples, they are nevertheless constructing a highly politicised version of the disease and consequently their account of it is just as partial

in Victorian demons
Robert Miles

cultural implications. Even so, in the first instance, ‘it seemed appropriate to look for the form and modalities of the relation to self by which the individual constitutes and recognizes himself qua subject’ (Foucault 1986a : 6). Foucault asks a ‘very simple and very general’ question in order to open up this self-constitutive moment: ‘why is sexual conduct, why are the activities and pleasures that

in Gothic writing 1750–1820
Brad Beaven

maintain civilian morale. The moral codes framed in this very public sphere of citizenship were certainly masculine in nature and drew inspiration from the hardy male northerner stereotype propagated by the M-O researchers. While, as we have seen, women’s ideal behaviour during the war was defined in the private sphere, be it their family responsibilities Male leisure and citizenship in the Second World War or sexual conduct, working-class male behaviour was framed in the public and highlighted the ‘plucky, brave, heroic, self sacrificing’ and, above all, ‘cheerful

in Leisure, citizenship and working-class men in Britain, 1850–1945
Susan M. Johns

praised. The elegy was composed by Einion ap Gwalchmai, who wrote poems in praise of the dynasties of Gwynedd and Powys. The elegy praises Nest for her beauty, eloquence, wit and charm. Laura Radiker has explored the significance of the poem in detail and usefully deconstructs the poem in terms of its bardic technique and provenance to show that the qualities which were valued included a sense of appropriate sexual conduct. Radiker has discussed the poem in terms of understanding contemporary attitudes to secular unmarried noblewomen and she argues that the poem has an

in Gender, nation and conquest in the high Middle Ages
Sabine Lee

– seemingly contradictory – lie in diametrically opposed directions. One concern is that the zero-tolerance approach goes too far in regulating sexual conduct of UN staff and, as a consequence, of Unintended consequences 231 the civilian population who might entertain relations with UN personnel. By doing so, the argument goes, it is damaging to the very population they are trying to protect. A second concern is that, at the same time, the UN does not (and cannot) go far enough in its policies of enforcement of zero tolerance and thus is ineffectual and similarly harmful

in Children born of war in the twentieth century
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Tim Thornton and Katharine Carlton

associations. The situation of noble- and gentlewomen who took lovers, or who were suspected of doing so, is explored in chapter 4, highlighting a far greater prevalence of illicit behaviour than might have been expected, revealing the degree of agency which existed for women within these gendered norms of sexual conduct and allowing us to address questions of the reactions this elicited, as well as the issues of regulation and more formal control already addressed and to be considered here. The scope of female honour ran far wider than simply the sphere of chaste self

in The gentleman’s mistress
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Storm and scripture
Gwilym Jones

geography and its aesthetic reliance upon borders. 20 Here, it is vice itself, personified as Jove, which transgresses those borders, and it is subject to, or imagined through the very force which physically separates and divides the characters. The codes of societal and sexual conduct are thereby represented as liminal, just as the port towns in which the play is set. Only once such a conjunction is established, does Pericles

in Shakespeare’s storms
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Lesbian Gothic horror
Gina Wisker

lust for blood, she does not respect the dictates of the laws which set down the rules of proper sexual conduct. Like the male, the female vampire also represents abjection because she crosses the boundary between the living and the dead, the human and the animal. 21 Contemporary lesbian Gothic horror writing

in Queering the Gothic
Cara Delay

their words. In 1890s Dublin, a parishioner named Mary Flanagan wrote to her parish priest to inform him of the local schoolteacher’s transgressions: ‘I beg to inform you that almost daily during school hours for a long time past, Miss Minnie was in the habit of standing at one of the class room doors talking to Mr. Hayes.’50 Rumours about women who were not living up the ideal of womanhood, mainly in terms of sexual conduct, often made their way to priests and even bishops, thus further complicating the relationship between clerics and women. Gossip about and by

in Irish women and the creation of modern Catholicism, 1850–1950
Negotiating religious selfhoods in post-1945 England
Barry Hazley

was actively and persistently challenged in the Post , due primarily to a rising tide of public scandals concerning priests’ sexual conduct and institutional abuse relating back to the post-war decades. While the Bishop Casey scandal of May 1992 had a rather limited impact within the Post , during the same decade the letters pages of the paper became a key arena for the public transmission of personal narratives of sexual, physical and psychological abuse within institutions run by religious orders, many of which illuminated the connection between clerical abuse

in Life history and the Irish migrant experience in post-war England