In the years before 1914 the novels of William Le Queux provided a catalyst for British debates about the economic, military and political failures of the empire and featured plots that embodied fears about new national and imperial rivals. For Le Queux, the capture of London was integral to German military occupation. Representative of the nation’s will to resist, or its inability to withstand attack, the vitality of London was always at issue in his novels. Drawing on contemporary fears about the capital and its decay, this article considers the moral panics about London and Londoners and their relationship to Britain’s martial decline reflected in his stories. Engaging with images of anarchist and foreign terrorism, and drawing on fears of covert espionage rings operating in government circles, this article probes the ways in which Le Queux’s fiction expressed concerns about London as a degenerate metropolis in the process of social and moral collapse.
Images of London in Dissolution in the Novels of William Le Queux
The Degenerate Medical Students of Edward Berdoe's St. Bernard's
This article reveals how Edward Berdoe's St. Bernard's: The Romance of a Medical Student (1887) critiques the evolution of medical science at the fin de siècle. Berdoe deploys the discourse of degeneracy to challenge the culture of medical education that produces monstrous medical students. St. Bernard's reflects not only the ambiguity towards scientific materialism and knowledge, which entails learning how to prolong life by encountering death, but also critiques the foundations of late Victorian medical education by articulating how the middle class was complicit in the horrors that the novel would expose, ultimately suggesting that middle-class health was built on the bodies of the poor. The text's ethical imperative to reform the medical establishment, however, derives its rhetorical power from provoking anxieties of corrupting middle-class health with working-class and pauper bodies. This reveals the novel's problematic use of degeneracy, as St. Bernard's reinscribes some of the very tenets about class that it aims to critique.
The Shifting Political Implications of Cousin Marriage in Nineteenth-Century America
positive motivation for cousin (or ‘in-and-in’) marriage—as a source of disease and degeneracy deemed to be characteristic not only of European royalty and their American avatars, but also of those isolated and impoverished populations left behind in the
José Bonifácio and Temporal Experiences in the Luso-American World in the Early Nineteenth Century
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as a constant threat to the order that the nation needed to thrive. He also proposes that social relations rooted in slavery lead to the moral degeneracy of all free men, who get used to easily acquiring wealth without really having to work for it
Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, Instagram Reproductions, and Viral Memetic Violence
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the people or is widely circulated extends ideas of power, oppression, and subordination. The struggle for meaning—for example, understanding a black hoodie as a marker of degeneracy and violence rather than as a piece of clothing—is the main site in
Masculinity, Maturity, and the Movies in the 1920s
Peter W. Lee
Mrs. Coogan—as a famous mother and as a role model for other women—was a carrier, as it were, of the social syndrome child experts diagnosed as infantilism. It was believed that this mother-induced degeneracy arrested the masculine development of boys