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Modes of Wearing the Towel: Masculinity, Insanity, and Clothing in Trollope’s ‘The Turkish Bath’

  • Catherine Spooner
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture book series (PNWC)

Abstract

In a caricature for Punch published in 1866, George du Maurier shows a group of men relaxing in a Turkish bath (Fig. 4.1). The central figure, ‘Smith’, a muscular bearded fellow with a large checked towel draped around his waist and another flung nonchalantly over his shoulder, accosts his similarly attired companion with the words: ‘I say, Brown, come and Dine with us to-day, to meet Robinson and his Sisters. No fuss or Ceremony, you know! Come just as you are!!!’1

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Male Body Homosexual Identity Dress Code Naked Body Leisure Space 
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