Sodomite in Fiction and Satire, 1660-1750

Sodomite in Fiction and Satire, 1660-1750

by Cameron McFarlane
     
 

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MacFarlane charts the emergence of sodomy in the stories and novels of Restoration and eighteenth-century England as a definable social act, not as a marker of an emerging proto-modern "homosexual" identity. From Faustina, the Tragedy of Niro to Sodom: or the Quintessence of Debauchery, he argues that the Sodomite symbolized a variety ofSee more details below

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MacFarlane charts the emergence of sodomy in the stories and novels of Restoration and eighteenth-century England as a definable social act, not as a marker of an emerging proto-modern "homosexual" identity. From Faustina, the Tragedy of Niro to Sodom: or the Quintessence of Debauchery, he argues that the Sodomite symbolized a variety of economic and political conflicts and transgressions; at the same time it enabled the articulation of homoerotic desire as it was being condemned.

Moves beyond the essentialism / constructivism impasse of gay historiography to read sodomitical practices in the broader cultural contexts in which they appear, leading us to think about sexuality not as an isolated category, but as integral to how social relations are organized and sustained. Anyone interested in Lesbian and Gay Studies will want to read this book. (Kristina Straub, author of Sexual Suspects: Eighteenth Century Players and Sexual Ideology)

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ISBN-13:
9780231108942
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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