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The Secret Vice: Masturbation in Victorian Fiction and Medical Culture

Diane Mason


This book provides a reading of both fictional and medical writings concerned with auto-erotic sexuality in the long nineteenth century. It examines the discourse on masturbation in medical works by influential English, Continental and American practitioners such as J. H. Kellogg, E. B. Foote, Havelock Ellis, Krafft-Ebing and R. V. Pierce, as well as a number of anonymously authored texts popular in the period. The book demonstrates the influence and impact of these writings, not only on the underworld literatures of Victorian pornography but also in the creation of well-known characters by au ... More

Keywords: auto-erotic sexuality, masturbation, J. H. Kellogg, E. B. Foote, Havelock Ellis, Krafft-Ebing, R. V. Pierce, Victorian pornography, Dean Farrar, Charles Dickens

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780719077142
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719077142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diane Mason, author