The Homosexual Revival of Renaissance Style, 1850-1930

Hardcover | June 15, 2009

byYvonne Ivory

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Why were so many late-nineteenth-century homosexuals passionate about the Italian Renaissance? This book answers that question by showing how the Victorian coupling of criminality with self-fashioning under the sign of the Renaissance provided queer intellectuals with an enduring model of ruthlessly permissive individualism.

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Why were so many late-nineteenth-century homosexuals passionate about the Italian Renaissance? This book answers that question by showing how the Victorian coupling of criminality with self-fashioning under the sign of the Renaissance provided queer intellectuals with an enduring model of ruthlessly permissive individualism.

YVONNE IVORY is Assistant Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina, Columbia She has taught at SDSU, Duke University, University College Dublin, and the Ruhr University. Her research focuses on the nexus between sexuality and aesthetics, and she has published articles on fin-de-sicle German an...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.66 × 5.6 × 0.79 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230219977

ISBN - 13:9780230219977

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Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: REVIVING RENAISSANCE INDIVIDUALISM
Consummate Criminals: Nineteenth-Century Renaissance Historiography and the Homosexual
Individualist Inverts: Self-Realization as a Liberatory Sexual Discourse at the Turn of the Century
PART II: STYLING QUEER PERSONALITIES
Poison, Passion, and Personality: Oscar Wilde's Renaissance Self-Fashioning
The Erotics of Fame--or, How Thomas Mann Conquered the Renaissance
Orlando Emergent: Vita Sackville-West's Renaissance Personae
Conclusion
Bibliography
Notes
Index