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John Addington Symonds (1840-1893) and Homosexuality
A Critical Edition of Sources
 
 
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In John Addington Symonds (1840–1893) and Homosexuality: A Critical Edition of Sources, Sean Brady brings together for the first time the correspondence between John Addington Symonds and Havelock Ellis on the project of Sexual Inversion. Ellis'Sexual Inversion became eventually his totemic Studies in the Psychology of Sex. But in many respects, the project Sexual Inversion was Symonds' brainchild. Ellis and Symonds never actually met, so the correspondence represents their complete
communication on the subject. Many of the letters in this critical source edition are published here for the first time, and the correspondence in its entirely has never been published together. This critical source edition also publishes Symonds' original privately printed essays, 'A Problem in Greek Ethics', and 'A Problem in Modern Ethics'.

Sean Brady's critical introduction provides a new and interdisciplinary analysis of the significance of these texts, the correspondence, and of Symonds' place in the history of ideas and of gender and sexuality. This volume is an indispensable reference for a wide range of scholars working across multidisciplinary fields of inquiry that focus on British and continental histories of medicine and sexuality, gender history and studies of nineteenth-century culture, and introduces the new reader to Symonds' life and ideas on homosexuality.












Description

In John Addington Symonds (1840–1893) and Homosexuality: A Critical Edition of Sources, Sean Brady brings together for the first time the correspondence between John Addington Symonds and Havelock Ellis on the project of Sexual Inversion. Ellis'Sexual Inversion became eventually his totemic Studies in the Psychology of Sex. But in many respects, the project Sexual Inversion was Symonds' brainchild. Ellis and Symonds never actually met, so the correspondence represents their complete
communication on the subject. Many of the letters in this critical source edition are published here for the first time, and the correspondence in its entirely has never been published together. This critical source edition also publishes Symonds' original privately printed essays, 'A Problem in Greek Ethics', and 'A Problem in Modern Ethics'.

Sean Brady's critical introduction provides a new and interdisciplinary analysis of the significance of these texts, the correspondence, and of Symonds' place in the history of ideas and of gender and sexuality. This volume is an indispensable reference for a wide range of scholars working across multidisciplinary fields of inquiry that focus on British and continental histories of medicine and sexuality, gender history and studies of nineteenth-century culture, and introduces the new reader to Symonds' life and ideas on homosexuality.












Reviews

'Sean Brady's critical edition provides an important and valuable reference for scholars working on gender and sexuality studies, as well as those more broadly interested in nineteenth-century literature, and cultural and medical history.'
 
- Jade Munslow Ong, English Studies


Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Sean Brady
'A Problem in Greek Ethics': Privately Printed 1883: John Addington Symonds
'A Problem in Modern Ethics. Being an Enquiry into the Phenomenon of Sexual Inversion. Addressed Especially to Medical Psychologists and Jurists.' Privately Printed 1891: John Addington Symonds
Untitled Essay, transcribed by Mrs. Havelock Ellis, no Title; Undated. Draft of Anonymous Letter from J. A. Symonds to Richard von Krafft-Ebing
The Correspondence of John Addington Symonds and Havelock Ellis on the Project of Sexual Inversion


Authors

SEAN BRADY Lecturer in Modern British and Irish History at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. His research interest focuses on gender, sexuality, politics and religion in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain and Ireland. His publications include Masculinity and Male Homosexuality in Britain, 1861 – 1913 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005 & 2009), and What is Masculinity? Historical Dynamics from Antiquity to the Contemporary World, co-edited with John H. Arnold (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). He is convening editor for Palgrave Macmillan's series, Genders and Sexualities in History.