By Mike Huggins, J. A. Mangan
Many historians have claimed that respectability used to be the sharpest line of social department in Victorian society, even that the road among the 'respectable' and 'unrespectable' was once extra major than among wealthy and terrible. This irreverent and revisionist assortment argues that they have got over-polarised Victorian attitudes and demanding situations the traditional view that middle-class Victorian rest had a decent and critical goal and procedure. Disreputable Pleasures explores the extra sinful and unrespectable Victorian male carrying pleasures, demonstrating the complicated interrelationships among such worth as manliness, muscularity and machismo, or sensuality, virility and hedonism. It sheds gentle at the ways that the general public rhetoric of Victorian respectability might be rendered problematical via the sensible pursuit of non-public pleasures. It indicates that Victorian rest was once even more contested cultural house than has been acknowledged, a battleground whose contestants ranged from the rational recreationalist to the avowedly hedonistic, and from the sacred to the profane. Disreputable Pleasures poses a robust problem to the approved public photograph of Victorian society and should vastly upload to our current figuring out of Victorian Britain.
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Believing that the man would be dining late, and ‘having nothing better to do’, Grogan and a ‘New Zealand pastoral friend’ proceeded to herd the sheep into the hapless tutor’s rooms. Unfortunately for both Grogan and the don, the latter was not out for dinner but had gone to London for the night. When he returned the sheep had eaten most of his carpet, his tablecloth and his prized aspidistra. 8 Grogan’s Cambridge career thus came to an abrupt end. 9 Bloods, blues and barbarians 37 Grogan clearly possessed an imaginative talent for the outrageous, but he was simply one in a long line of rowdy, undisciplined, recalcitrant Cambridge students.
Van Yelyr, The Whip and the Rod (London: Gerald G. Swan, 1941). ’73 At Eton ‘anyone who chose might drop in’ for a beating by the headmaster. 74 As Oxford and Cambridge are often bracketed together, so Eton is invariably bracketed with Harrow. It is interesting, therefore, to find that beatings by the Harrow headmaster Charles Vaughan in the 1840s more than held their own with those of the great Eton headmaster and beater Keate in their degree of incalculable brutality: As Arnold’s disciple, Vaughan had strong views about beating: he approved of it.
G. Van Yelyr, The Whip and the Rod (London: Gerald G. Swan, 1941). ’73 At Eton ‘anyone who chose might drop in’ for a beating by the headmaster. 74 As Oxford and Cambridge are often bracketed together, so Eton is invariably bracketed with Harrow. It is interesting, therefore, to find that beatings by the Harrow headmaster Charles Vaughan in the 1840s more than held their own with those of the great Eton headmaster and beater Keate in their degree of incalculable brutality: As Arnold’s disciple, Vaughan had strong views about beating: he approved of it.
Disreputable Pleasures: Less Virtuous Victorians at Play by Mike Huggins, J. A. Mangan