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The Secret ViceMasturbation in Victorian Fiction and Medical Culture$
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Diane Mason

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719077142

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719077142.001.0001

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The Secret Vice
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Diane Mason

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719077142.003.0008

This chapter reflects on the abiding nature of Victorian masturbatory discourse and examines the way the discourse is utilised and modified in the work of contemporary authors with specific reference to Willy Russell's The Wrong Boy (2000). The discourse on masturbation, in terms of its cultural implications at least, does not conclude with the Victorian era. Indeed, it persists to the present, in a popular, albeit frequently comedic form independent of any sustaining contemporary medical support.

Keywords:   masturbatory discourse, The Wrong Boy, Willy Russell, Victorian era

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