The blackmailer and the sodomite: Oscar Wilde on trial

  title={The blackmailer and the sodomite: Oscar Wilde on trial},
  author={Joseph Bristow},
  journal={Feminist Theory},
  pages={41 - 62}
  • J. Bristow
  • Published 1 April 2016
  • History
  • Feminist Theory
On 25 May 1895, Oscar Wilde went to jail after three humiliating trials – the first was Wilde’s failed suit against the Marquess of Queensberry who libelled him for ‘posing as a sodomite’; and the subsequent two involved the Crown’s prosecution of Wilde for committing acts of gross indecency with other men. This article revisits the trials by looking at sources that paint a rather different picture from the influential one that Ed Cohen and Alan Sinfield established in the 1990s. First, it… 
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