Constraint and Confinement: Sexual Prison in Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

  • 夏 延文

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

The aim of this thesis is to discuss issues about contemporary sexual privacy and transgression in Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde With the Victorian concerns of private and transgressive sexuality as the framework of this thesis chapter 1 discusses issues about masturbation It includes analyses of the private space of Jekyll's laboratory during his seclusion the physical differences of Jekyll and Hyde and contemporary strict regulation to prevent hands from touching sexual organs Moreover Utterson's daily demeanor shows the way late-Victorian people prevented masturbation Chapter 2 discusses the issues about contemporary prostitution especially child prostitution By pointing out the ways contemporary fl?neurs used their wealth and the role physicians played in transactions for child prostitutes the thesis further indicates the huge difference between the two parts of London the East End and West End in terms of wealth and public security in the late Victorian era This difference indirectly led to physical cruelty from contemporary fl?neurs toward prostitutes and child prostitutes Chapter 3 discusses issues of contemporary male homosexual prostitution and homosexuality In the text Hyde as a male homosexual prostitute implies the late Victorian tendency toward cross-class sexual liaisons Moreover Hyde's residence name and metamorphosis are suggestive of contemporary homosexuality and of the erection of a phallus Furthermore Hyde's appearance also triggers Utterson's homosexual reaction toward Jekyll
Date of Award2016 Jan 22
LanguageEnglish
SupervisorMin-tser Lin (Supervisor)

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Constraint and Confinement: Sexual Prison in Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
延文, 夏. (Author). 2016 Jan 22

Student thesis: Master's Thesis