Same-Sex Desire in the English Renaissance

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

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The readings gathered here include many rare texts that have not been reprinted for centuries, excerpted from biblical commentary, legal writings, medical and scientific writings, popular encyclopedias, and literature, as well as continental vernacular and Latin sources never before available in English translation. The selections are assembled in ten chapters addressing particular discursive fields - Theology, Law, Medicine, Astrology, Physiognomics, Encyclopedias and Reference Works, Prodigious Monstrosities, Love and Friendship, the Sapphic Renaissance, and Erotica. Each chapter includes a substantial introduction summarizing its topic and its relation to early modern homoeroticism. The volume also poignantly addresses key issues in Renaissance thinking about sexual identity, and newly clarifies central problems and debates in the historiography of same-sex love.show more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 544.31g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138879533
  • 9781138879539

About Kenneth Borris

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.show more

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CONTENTS List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Notes on Editorial Practice and Using This Handbook General Introduction 1. Theology 2. Law 3. Medicine 4. Astrology 5. Physiognomy 6. Encyclopedia and Reference Works 7. Prodigious Monstrosities 8. Love and Friendship 9. The Sapphic Renaissance 10. Erotica Copyright Acknowledgments Index of Anthologized Authors and Headingsshow more

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