A Special Issue of THE OSCHOLARS

Edited by

John McRae

University of Nottingham

Autumn 2008; republished with corrections June 2017

‘There was one work, Teleny, which passed from hand to hand and to which I added small touches of my own.  It was a story of corrupt and dangerous passions, although much of it read like Gray’s Anatomy.  Rabelaisian literature has never been of particular interest to me – it is always deficient in form, and stumbles under the weight of too much content – and Teleny provided only the crudest materials for an artistic fiction.  But I did not mock the book: I was pleased to read deeply in all aspects of homoerotic literature, in the records of dead love as much as in the celebration of living ones.’

–      Peter Ackroyd: The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde



D.C. Rose Foreword 2008 & new foreword 2017 go_blue
John McRae Preface: The Genesis of an Immodest Proposal go_blue
John McRae The Introduction to the 1986 GMP edition of Teleny  go_blue
Dominique Leroy (tr. D.C. Rose) Teleny, Étude psychologique : Introduction to the Pré aux Clercs edition  go_blue


Jason Boyd Teleny and Wilde’s Missing Gay Texts go_blue
Robin Chamberlain Body Talk:  Physical Empathy in Teleny  go_blue
Helen Davies ‘Such penetrating power’: Seeing Queerly in Teleny and Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet.  go_blue
Udar K. Dhar The Mondial Teleny Illustrations  go_blue
Robert Gray and Christopher Keep ‘An Uninterrupted Current’: Homoeroticism and Collaborative Authorship in Teleny  go_blue
Danielle Guérin The Cover Story  go_blue
Aaron Ho Why Read Teleny?  go_blue
Tiffany Kraft The Spahi as Scapegoat: The ‘Little Death’ transgressed in Teleny  go_blue
Deborah Lutz A Dictionary of 19th-Century Pornography: Teleny, Language, and Melancholy at the Fin de Siècle  go_blue
Jon Macy Teleny and Camille: The Graphic Novel  go_blue
Diane Mason ‘That mass of flesh, usually called an arse’: Obesity, Sex and Death in Teleny  go_blue
John McRae Eros and Thanatos: Excess of Love and Social Constraints in Inferno, Othello, and Teleny  go_blue
James G. Nelson Leonard Smithers’ Role as Publisher of Teleny go_blue
Going Wilde in Romania: On Translating Teleny or The Reverse of The Medal into Romanian go_blue
Marcy L. Tanter Analyzing the Rainbow: A New Reader Responds to Teleny  go_blue
Christopher Wellings Dangerous desires: the uses of women in Teleny  go_blue


Danielle Guérin and D.C. Rose Bibliography / Checklist of Editions and Secondary Works  go_blue
Divers hands Notes on Contributors go_blue

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