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

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

by D. Walen
     
 

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This book explores representations of love and desire between female characters in nearly seventy 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. Writers place female characters in erotic situations with other…  See more details below

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This book explores representations of love and desire between female characters in nearly seventy 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. Writers place female characters in erotic situations with other female characters in playful scenarios of mistaken identity, in anxious moments of amorous intrigue, in predatory situations and in enthusiastic, utopian representations of romantic love. These plays indicate an awareness of female homoeroticism in early modern England and belie statements that literary evidence of homosexuality was concerned primarily with men.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403968753
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
09/17/2005
Series:
Early Modern Cultural Studies Series
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

Denise Walen is Associate Professor of Drama, Vassar College.

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