The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England
By (author) Valerie Traub
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Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England by Valerie Traub
Book DescriptionThe Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England is the eagerly-awaited study by the feminist scholar who was among the first to address the issue of early modern female homoeroticism. 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 and invisibility typically ascribed to lesbianism in the Renaissance, Traub argues that the early modern period witnessed an unprecedented proliferation of representations of such desire. By means of sophisticated interpretations of a comprehensive set of texts, the book not only charts a crucial shift in representations of female homoeroticism over the course of the seventeenth century, but also offers a provocative genealogy of contemporary lesbianism. 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521448857
(247mm x 174mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Valerie Traub
Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment, Hardback (August 2016)
The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment brings together 40 of the most important scholars writing on the subject today. They explore representations of gender in the context of race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and religion, and consider Shakespeare's life, contemporary editing practices, and the performance of his plays.
Gay Shame, Paperback (January 2010)
Seeks to lift the unofficial ban on the investigation of homosexuality and shame. This title tackles a range of issues - questions of emotion, disreputable sexual histories, dissident gender identities, and embarrassing figures and moments in gay history. It is accompanied by a collection of films, performance, and archival imagery on DVD.
Feminist Readings of Early Modern Culture, Paperback (October 1996)» View all books by Valerie Traub
The impact on women of the new developments of the Renaissance, and links with postmodernist femininity.
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Author Biography - Valerie Traub
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.
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