Joseph Bristow: ‘Homosexual Blackmail in 1890s London’

 The Fitzroy Street Raid, the Oscar Wilde Trials, and the Case of Cotsford Dick

Hosted by Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

When: Monday 24 October 2016, 7:30pm

Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Abstract: Professor Joseph Bristow (UCLA) is currently working on a reconstruction of the two criminal trials that resulted in Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment. This talk is part of this work and explores three interrelated scandals involving homosexual blackmail, male prostitution, and music-hall and drag culture from 1894 to 1897.

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