Queer People: Negotiations and Expressions of Homosexuality, 1700-1800 (Google eBook)

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Chris Mounsey, Caroline Gonda
Bucknell University Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 305 pages
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This fascinating and diverse collection of essays concerns the lives and representations of homosexuals in the long eighteenth century. The collection addresses and seeks to move beyond the current critical division between essentialists and social constructionists, a division that bedevils the history of sexuality and fissures Queer Theory. Drawing on a wide range of sources as well as theoretical approaches, the essays explore canonical and non-canonical literature, scurrilous pamphlets and court cases, music, religion and politics, consumer culture and sexual subcultures. Eighteenth-century life is here in all its rich variety, from the scandals surrounding Queen Anne to the struggles of laboring-class poets, and from the famous: Defoe, Handel, Boswell, Burney, and the Duchess of Devonshire, to the obscure male frequenters of Mother Clap's Molly House or the anonymous female participants in the extraordinary story of The She-Wedding.
  

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Contents

An Introduction
9
Reflections on the Reception of Handel as Orpheus
41
Social Constructionism
67
Queerness Class and Sexuality
69
Sex and Shopping with Frances Burney
86
Theoretically Revisiting Mother Claps Molly House
99
How Not to Queer Boswell
114
Diving into the Wreck of Sexuality
159
Dark Deeds at Night
195
Genius and Class in EighteenthCentury Pastoral
210
Love between Men in Jennens and Handels Saul
226
Penelope Aubins Queer Writing
246
The Christian s New Warning Piece 1753
261
Having It Both Ways? The EighteenthCentury Menage a Trois
274
Contributors
299
Index
302

Essentialist Historicism
181
Rhetoric versus Practice
183

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About the author (2007)

Chris Mounsey teaches at the University of Winchester.

Caroline Gonda is a Fellow and Director of Studies of English at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge.

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