Manly love uncovers amazing examples of male romantic friendship in literary classics as well as in hitherto lost literary gems it is the first comprehensive history of love between men as it was reflected in nineteenth century american fiction. Manly love romantic friendship in american literature is a literary study in that it takes as its primary source material a number of fictional narratives written in the united states in the second half of the nineteenth century. In manly love axel nissen turns to the novels the modern idea of victorians is that they were emotionless prudes imprisoned by sexual repression and suffocating social constraints they expressed love and affection only within the bounds of matrimony if at all. Situating love between men at the heart of victorian culture it alters our understanding of the american literary canon and with its deep insights into the emotional and intellectual life of the period also offers a fresh perspective on nineteenth century americas attitudes toward love friendship marriage and sex
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