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What kind of love came to Professor Guildea? Robert Hichens, Oscar Wilde, and the Queer Ghosts of Hyde Park

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This article examines the ways in which ghost stories by Robert Hichens (1864-1950) inhabit the repressive sexual climate that followed the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde in 1895. Through a close reading of Tongues of Conscience (1900) and particularly 'How Love Came to Professor Guildea', it argues that Hichens used the ghost story as a mask for more complex investigations of homoeroticism, desire, and denial, and that the 'morbidity' contemporary critics recognized but could not pin down is closely linked to the story’s sexual ambivalence.

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  • The Arts, English and Drama

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  • English and Drama

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Modern Language Review

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FREEMAN, N., 2016. What Kind of Love Came to Professor Guildea? Robert Hichens, Oscar Wilde, and the Queer Ghosts of Hyde Park. Modern Language Review, 111(2), pp.333-351.

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© Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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2016

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This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Modern Language Review and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.111.2.0333

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0026-7937

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