Same-Sex Desire in the English Renaissance: A Sourcebook of Texts, 1470-1650

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Kenneth Borris
Taylor & Francis, Dec 19, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 400 pages
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Same-Sex Desire in the English Renaissance is an anthology of key literary, philosophical, religious and scientific texts published during the English Renaissance. It addresses key issues in Renaissance thinking about sexual identity, namely, was homosexuality differentiated as a distinct sexual identity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? Borris concludes that indeed it was, and includes relevant sections from biblical commentary, legal writings, medical and scientific writings, popular encyclopedias and travel literature to support his claim.

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Kenneth Borris is Professor of English at McGill University. He is author of Spenser's Poetics of Prophecy and Allegory and Epic in English Renaissance Literature: Heroic Form in Sidney, Spenser, and Milton. He is coeditor of The Affectionate Shepherd: Celebrating Richard Barnfield. He is a recipient of the MacCaffrey Award and a Canada Research Fellowship.

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