Queering the Renaissance

Queering the Renaissance

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 151.9 x 235 x 31mm | 666.79g
  • Duke University Press
  • North Carolina, United States
  • English
  • 0822313855
  • 9780822313854
  • 1,076,828

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"An outstanding collection ... Not only does it contribute importantly to emerging areas of gay/lesbian studies and the history of sexuality by historicizing what has been for the most part a relentlessly presentist field; it makes significant scholarly contributions to traditional fields in Renaissance studies."-Karen Newman, Brown University

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"An outstanding collection . . . Not only does it contribute importantly to emerging areas of gay/lesbian studies and the history of sexuality by historicizing what has been for the most part a relentlessly presentist field; it makes significant scholarly contributions to traditional fields in Renaissance studies."--Karen Newman, Brown University

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About Jonathan Goldberg

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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Table of contents

Introduction / Jonathan Goldberg Bowers v. Hardwick in the Renaissance / Janet E. Halley Homosexuality and the Signs of Male Friendship in Elizabethan England / Alan Bray The (In)Significance of "Lesbian" Desire in Early Modern England / Valerie Traub Fraudomy: Reading Sexuality and Politics in Burchiello / Alan K. Smith Practicing Queer Philology with Marguerite de Navarre: Nationalism and the Castigation of Desire / Carla Freccero Erasmus's "Tigeress": The Language of Friendship, Pleasure, and the Renaissance Letter / Forrest Tyler Stevens John Bale and Early Tudor Sodomy Discourse / Donald N. Mager "To Serve the Queere": Nicholas Udall, Master of Revels / Elizabeth Pittenger Into Other Arms: Amoret's Evasion / Dorothy Stephens Romeo and Juliet's Open Rs / Jonathan Goldberg The Epistemology of Expurgation: Bacon and The Masculine Birth of Time / Graham Hammill Pleasure and Devotion: The Body of Jesus and Seventeenth-Century Religious Lyric / Richard Rambuss My Two Dads: Collaboration and the Reproduction of Beaumont and Fletcher / Jeff Masten Fighting Women and Loving Men: Dryden's Representation of Shakespeare in All for Love / Marcie Frank New English Sodom / Michael Warner Afterword / Margaret Hunt Notes on Contributors Index

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