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The Gay and Bisexual Men of Gothic Fiction | The Gothic Library
Support The Gothic Library! Gothic literature has been closely associated with taboo sexuality since its inception, and we can see this legacy clearly today in the queerness of modern horror and in the unexpected adoption of the Babadook as the unofficial mascot of Pride this year. But the Gothic was also a place where many queer writers found a home. Almost every writer of early Gothic fiction has been accused by enemies or claimed by critics to be part of the LGBTQ community, with varying amounts of evidence. In this post, I will highlight three of the most notorious gay or bisexual writers whose personal and romantic lives have contributed to their fame almost as much as their works have. William Beckford Portrait of William Beckford by George Romney Our first author is a little less famous than the other two I will mention, but he is one of the foundational authors of early Gothic fiction, as I covered in my post on the Roots of Gothic Literature. The plot revolves around an Arabian tyrant, Caliph Vathek, and his black magic dealings with a man called the Giaour in pursuit of supernatural power, knowledge, and wealth.
Glossary of the Gothic: Gothic literature emerged in the midst of a series of changes in the way homosexuality was perceived and 'classed' in English society. In the mid-eighteenth century parliament produced legislation against homosexuality, while at the same time, a distinct homosexual subculture was on the rise. By the nineteenth century, while the English aristocracy was losing ground as a 'normative' social force, homosexual men were increasingly cast in a stereotypically 'aristocratic' role. In this manner, those at the center of the hetero-normative culture channeled people who were most different from them into positions of political isolation.