The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England

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Juni 2002



Traub analyzes the representation of female-female love and eroticism in early modern literature and drama.


Acknowledgements; List of illustrations; Introduction: 'practicing impossibilities'; 1. Setting the stage behind the seen: performing Lesbian history; 2. 'A certaine incredible excesse of pleasure': female orgasm, prosthetic pleasures, and the anatomical Pudica; 3. The politics of pleasure; or, queering Queen Elizabeth; 4. The (in)significance of Lesbian desire; 5. The psychomorphology of the clitoris; or, the reemergence of the Tribade in England; 6. Chaste femme love, mythological pastoral, and the perversion of Lesbian desire; 7. 'Friendship so curst': Amor Impossibilia, the homoerotic lament, and the nature of Lesbian desire; 8. The quest for origins, erotic similitude, and the melancholy of Lesbian identification; Notes; Index.


Valerie Traub is Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and author of numerous works on gay/lesbian studies, including the book Desire and Anxiety: Circulations of Sexuality in Shakespearean Drama and coeditor of Feminist Readings in Early Modern Culture: Emerging Subjects.


'Breathtaking in its knowledge and dazzling in its analysis, The Renaissance of Lesbianism shows us how female same-sex desires become not only legible but pivotal during the course of the English Renaissance. Traub's brilliant readings of sexual representation, both in early modern texts and in the scholarly imagination today, turn the screw of interpretation on figures from Queen Elizabeth to Katherine Philips and on topics from terminology to teleology. This synthesis of 'theory' and 'history' sets a new standard for lesbian scholarship and opens new paths for studying both sexuality and early modernity.' Susan Lanser, Brandeis University 'The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England is a dazzling achievment. Analyzing an extraordinary range of texts and visual artifacts, Traub changes the very terms through which it is possible to read forms of female intimacy in Early Modern England. Her work on the tribade, on female friendship, and on the psychomorphology of the clitoris is pathbreaking. Theoretically deft and immensely learned, The Renaissance of Lesbianism is without question one of the most important books of the decade in Early Modern studies.' Jean Howard 'One of the most significant books to be published in 2001 ... A tour de force of theoretically informed inquiry, this is cultural history at its most powerful and elegant - completely rewriting the history of sexuality in the 17th century.' Recent Studies in the English Renaissance '...[F]rank and enabling engagement with large methodological debates about sexuality...'. Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780521448857
ISBN: 0521448859
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Renaissan'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2002
Seitenanzahl: 512 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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