Despised and Rejected

  • Tracy Hargreaves


Earl Lind’s robust sexual history and absorption in sensuous pleasure in Autobiography of an Androgyne constituted precisely the kind of sexual adventuring that Edward Carpenter censured in The Intermediate Sex: ‘to confuse Uranians (as is so often done) with libertines having no law but curiosity in self-indulgence is to do them a great wrong.’1 It was a denunciation that the character Barnaby echoes (pace Carpenter) in Rose Allatini’s pacifist novel of 1918, Despised and Rejected: ‘Of course there are those who enjoy it — who wallow in the perverted sensations of their own abnormality, as normal sensualists wallow in their own “permissible” lusts’ (p. 348). Barnaby, needless to say, isn’t one of them. For Carpenter, as for Allatini, to emphasise a connection between being ‘intermediate’ and being artistic was also to legitimise same-sex desire by making it useful: the intermediate type was the potential saviour of enervated post-war modernity, come to revivify English culture both socially and artistically, filling the gap, as Carpenter put it, created by ‘the alienation of the sexes from each other, of which much complaint is so often made today’.2


Intermediate Type Modern Literature Internalise Homophobia Aesthetic Index Narrative Voice 
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  • Tracy Hargreaves
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  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of LeedsUK

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