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Slumming:
Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London
Seth Koven

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS xiii
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS xv
INTRODUCTION Slumming: Eros and Altruism in Victorian London 1
Slumming Defined 6
Who Went Slumming? Sources and Social Categories 10
Eros and Altruism: James Hinton and the Hintonians 14
PART ONE: INCOGNITOS, FICTIONS, AND CROSS-CLASS MASQUERADES 23
CHAPTER ONE Workhouse Nights: Homelessness, Homosexuality, and Cross-Class Masquerades 25
James Greenwood and London in 1866 31
Reading "A Night in a Workhouse" 36
Responses to "A Night in a Workhouse" 46
Homelessness as Homosexuality: Sexology, Social Policy, and the 1898 Vagrancy Act 70
Postscript: Legacies of "A Night" on Representations of the Homeless Poor 74
CHAPTER TWO Dr. Barnardo's Artistic Fictions: Photography, Sexuality, and the Ragged Child 88
Facts, Fictions, and Epistemologies of Welfare 94
"The Very Wicked Woman" and "Sodomany" in Dr. Barnardo's Boys' Home 103
Representing the Ragged Child 112
Joseph Merrick and the Monstrosity of Poverty 124
Conclusion 129
CHAPTER THREE The American Girl in London: Gender, Journalism, and Social Investigation in the Late Victorian Metropolis 140
Journalism as Autobiography, Autobiography as Fiction 142
Gender and Journalism 151
An "American Girl" Impersonating London's Laboring Women 155
Conclusion 177
PART TWO: CROSS-CLASS SISTERHOOD AND BROTHERHOOD IN THE SLUMS 181
CHAPTER FOUR The Politics and Erotics of Dirt: Cross-Class Sisterhood in the Slums 183
Cross-Class Sisterhood and the Politics of Dirt 184
"There will be something the matter with the ladies" 198
"Nasty Books": Dirty Bodies, Dirty Desires in Women's Slum Novels 204
Conclusion: "White Gloves" and "Dirty Hoxton Pennies" 222
CHAPTER FIVE The "New Man" in the Slums: Religion, Masculinity, and the Men's Settlement House Movement 228
The Sources of "Brotherhood" in late Victorian England 231
"Modern Monasteries," "Philanthropic Brotherhoods," and the Origins of the Settlement House Movement 236
Religion and Codes of Masculinity 248
"True hermaphrodites realised at last": Sexing the Male Settlement Movement 259
A Door Unlocked: The Politics of Brotherly Love in the Slums 276
CONCLUSION 282
MANUSCRIPT SOURCES 289
NOTES 293
INDEX 379

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