Queering the Renaissance

Queering the Renaissance

by Jonathan Goldberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822313855

ISBN-13: 9780822313854

Pub. Date: 12/13/1993

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

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

Overview

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.
Accessibly written, boldly interdisciplinary, Queering the Renaissance will be indispensable for literary critics, historians, and theorists seeking to understand the representation of same-sex desire in the early modern period.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822313854
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/13/1993
Series:
Series Q
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1520L (what's this?)

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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