The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England by Valerie TraubThe Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England by Valerie Traub

The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England

byValerie Traub

Paperback | July 8, 2002

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Valerie Traub analyzes the representation of female-female love, desire, and eroticism in a range of early modern discourses, including poetry, drama, visual arts, pornography, and medicine. Contrary to the silence ascribed to lesbianism in the Renaissance, Traub argues that the early modern period witnessed an unprecedented proliferation of representations of such desire. As a contribution to the history of sexuality and to feminist and queer theory, the book addresses current theoretical preoccupations through the lens of historical inquiry.
Title:The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern EnglandFormat:PaperbackPublished:July 8, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521448859

ISBN - 13:9780521448857


Table of Contents

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.

Editorial Reviews

"This theoretically imaginative and informed monograph is a must-read for anyone interested in early modern gender or social history. Scholars of drama will benefit from the analyses of theatrical texts that constitute a third of Traub's material but may find themselves most enlightened by her rejuvenation of the common currency of feminist studies--concepts such as friendship, chastity, and transvestism." Essays in Theatre Lisa Celovsky, Suffolk University