Fetishizing the Flunkey: Thackeray and the Uses of Deviance

Mccuskey, Brian
June 1999
Novel: A Forum on Fiction;Summer99, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p384
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Provides an alternative to the dominant model of reading Victorian fiction as an open secret for homosexuality and to discover what ways the representation of deviance might be useful for a writer. Discussion on the fetishizing of male servants in the novel `History of Pendennis,' by William Thackeray; How the obsession of the author with figures and accessories of male servants complicated the issue of male sexuality.


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