Walen (drama, Vassar College) analyzes about 70 plays from 1570 to 1660 from early modern England, focusing on love and desire involving female characters. She suggests that English playwrights acknowledged female homoeroticism in addition to the long-established male practice and describes the various ways it was portrayed, and discusses how playwrights used categories to avoid blatant sexuality, such as cases of mistaken identity, erotic intrigue, predatory scenarios, and utopian portrayals of love. First looking at literary, legal, and religious sources, Walen establishes cultural context, then moves to comedies, tragedies, tragicomedies, the "predatory lesbian erotic" and the "utopian lesbian erotic." Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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About the Author
Denise Walen is Associate Professor of Drama, Vassar College.