Queering the Renaissance

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Duke University Press, 1994 - History - 388 pages
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Queering the Renaissance offers a major reassessment of the field of Renaissance studies. Gathering essays by sixteen critics working within the perspective of gay and lesbian studies, this collection redraws the map of sexuality and gender studies in the Renaissance. Taken together, these essays move beyond limiting notions of identity politics by locating historically forms of same-sex desire that are not organized in terms of modern definitions of homosexual and heterosexual.
The presence of contemporary history can be felt throughout the volume, beginning with an investigation of the uses of Renaissance precedents in the 1986 U.S. Supreme Court decision Bowers v. Hardwick, to a piece on the foundations of 'our' national imaginary, and an afterword that addresses how identity politics has shaped the work of early modern historians. The volume examines canonical and noncanonical texts, including highly coded poems of the fifteenth-century Italian poet Burchiello, a tale from Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron, and Erasmus's letters to a young male acolyte. English texts provide a central focus, including works by Spenser, Shakespeare, Bacon, Donne, Beaumont and Fletcher, Crashaw, and Dryden. Broad suveys of the complex terrains of friendship and sodomy are explored in one essay, while another offers a cross-cultural reading of the discursive sites of lesbian desire.

Contributors. Alan Bray, Marcie Frank, Carla Freccero, Jonathan Goldberg, Janet Halley, Graham Hammill, Margaret Hunt, Donald N. Mager, Jeff Masten, Elizabeth Pittenger, Richard Rambuss, Alan K. Smith, Dorothy Stephens, Forrest Tyler Stevens, Valerie Traub, Michael Warner

 

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Contents

in the Renaissance
15
Homosexuality and the Signs of Male Friendship in Elizabethan England
40
The InSignificance of Lesbian Desire in Early Modern England
62
Reading Sexuality and Politics in Burchiello
84
Nationalism and the Castigation of Desire
107
The Language of Friendship Pleasure and the Renaissance Letter
124
John Bale and Early Tudor Sodomy Discourse
141
Nicholas Udall Master of Revels
162
Bacon and THE MASCULINE BIRTH OF TIME
236
The Body of Jesus and SeventeenthCentury Religious Lyric
253
Collaboration and the Reproduction of Beaumont and Fletcher
280
Drydens Representation of Shakespeare in ALL FOR LOVE
310
New English Sodom
330
Afterword
359
Notes on Contributors
379
Index
383

Amorets Evasion
190
Open Rs
218

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Jonathan Goldberg is the Sir William Osler Professor of English Literature at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Sodometries: Renaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities.

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