Constructions of Female Homoeroticism in Early Modern Drama (Early Modern Cultural Studies Series: 1500-1700)

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Constructions of Female Homoeroticism in Early Modern Drama explores textual representations of love and desire between female characters in a number of plays written between 1580 and 1660. The work argues that playwrights of late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England recognized and constructed richly diverse tropes of female homoerotic desire. This book analyzes a significant body of dramatic texts, many identified for the first time, that reveal the way playwrights conceived of desire between women, ...

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Overview

Constructions of Female Homoeroticism in Early Modern Drama explores textual representations of love and desire between female characters in a number of plays written between 1580 and 1660. The work argues that playwrights of late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England recognized and constructed richly diverse tropes of female homoerotic desire. This book analyzes a significant body of dramatic texts, many identified for the first time, that reveal the way playwrights conceived of desire between women, including Philaster, Hymen's Triumph, The Lover's Melancholy, The Doubtful Heir, A Christian Turban'd Turk, Orgula, and others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403968753
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/17/2005
  • Series: Early Modern Cultural Studies Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Walen is Associate Professor of Drama, Vassar College.

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Table of Contents

The Eidolic Lesbian in Early Modern England
• Playfully Emergent Lesbian Erotics
• Anxiously Emergent Lesbian Erotics
• Predatory Lesbian Erotics
• Utopian Lesbian Erotics
• Conclusion

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