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The Resource A very queer family indeed : sex, religion, and the Bensons in Victorian Britain, Simon Goldhill

A very queer family indeed : sex, religion, and the Bensons in Victorian Britain, Simon Goldhill

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A very queer family indeed : sex, religion, and the Bensons in Victorian Britain
Title
A very queer family indeed
Title remainder
sex, religion, and the Bensons in Victorian Britain
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Simon Goldhill
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Language
eng
Summary
"We can begin with a kiss, though this will not turn out to be a love story, at least not a love story of anything like the usual kind." So begins A Very Queer Family Indeed, which introduces us to the extraordinary Benson family. Edward White Benson became Archbishop of Canterbury at the height of Queen Victoria's reign, while his wife, Mary, was renowned for her wit and charm -- the prime minister once wondered whether she was "the cleverest woman in England or in Europe." The couple's six precocious children included E. F. Benson, celebrated creator of the Mapp and Lucia novels, and Margaret Benson, the first published female Egyptologist. What interests Simon Goldhill most, however, is what went on behind the scenes, which was even more unusual than anyone could imagine. Inveterate writers, the Benson family spun out novels, essays, and thousands of letters that open stunning new perspectives -- including what it might mean for an adult to kiss and propose marriage to a twelve-year-old girl, how religion in a family could support or destroy relationships, or how the death of a child could be celebrated. No other family has left such detailed records about their most intimate moments, and in these remarkable accounts, we see how family life and a family's understanding of itself took shape during a time when psychoanalysis, scientific and historical challenges to religion, and new ways of thinking about society were developing. This is the story of the Bensons, but it is also more than that -- it is the story of how society transitioned from the high Victorian period into modernity
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ICU/DLC
Dewey number
929.20942
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
DA562
LC item number
.G65 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A very queer family indeed : sex, religion, and the Bensons in Victorian Britain, Simon Goldhill
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The family that wrote itself -- Sensation! -- Wooing mother -- Bringing up the subject -- Fifty ways to say I hate my father -- Tell the truth, my boy -- A map of biographical urges -- To write a life -- Women in love -- Graphomania -- Being queer -- What's in a name? -- Though wholly pure and good -- He never married -- All London is agog -- Carnal affections -- Be a man, my boy -- "It's not unusual . . ." -- The god of our fathers -- It will be worth dying -- The deeper self that can't decide -- Our father -- Secret history -- Writing the history of the church -- Building history -- Forms of worship -- Capturing the Bensons -- Not I ..
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9780226393780
Lccn
2016007240
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)944087639
  • (OCoLC)ocn944087639
Label
A very queer family indeed : sex, religion, and the Bensons in Victorian Britain, Simon Goldhill
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The family that wrote itself -- Sensation! -- Wooing mother -- Bringing up the subject -- Fifty ways to say I hate my father -- Tell the truth, my boy -- A map of biographical urges -- To write a life -- Women in love -- Graphomania -- Being queer -- What's in a name? -- Though wholly pure and good -- He never married -- All London is agog -- Carnal affections -- Be a man, my boy -- "It's not unusual . . ." -- The god of our fathers -- It will be worth dying -- The deeper self that can't decide -- Our father -- Secret history -- Writing the history of the church -- Building history -- Forms of worship -- Capturing the Bensons -- Not I ..
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9780226393780
Lccn
2016007240
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)944087639
  • (OCoLC)ocn944087639

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