Includes bibliographical references (pages -199) and index.
1. The Queensberry Libel Trial -- 2. Wilde's Criminal Trials -- 3. The Reception of the Trials in the Press -- 4. The Cultural Climate of the Trials: Heterosexism and Homophobia as Historical Constructs -- 5. The Pathology of Pleasure and the Eschatology of Immanence: Theorizing Wilde's Identity and Desire -- 6. "Social Purity" and Social Pollution: Wilde and the National Health.
In late-Victorian England, the renowned writer Oscar Wilde was convicted of "acts of gross indecency with men". Analyzing the trial testimony and press coverage, historian Michael S. Foldy considers the climate of the times and argues that the prosecution of Wilde was directly linked to many larger social, cultural, and political issues that transcended simple moral concerns about his homosexuality.