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The Homoerotics of Early Modern Drama

Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: September 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521583411


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  • This book is the first comprehensive account of homoeroticism in Renaissance drama. Mario DiGangi analyses the relation between homoeroticism and social power in a wide range of literary and historical texts from the 1580s to the 1620s, drawing on the insights of materialist, feminist and queer theory. Each chapter focuses on the homoerotics of a major dramatic genre (Ovidian comedy, satiric comedy, tragedy and tragicomedy) and studies the ideologies and institutions it characteristically explores. DiGangi examines distinctions between orderly and disorderly forms of homoerotic practice in both canonical and unfamiliar texts. In these readings, the various proliferating forms of homoeroticism are indentified in relation to sodomy, against which there were cultural and legal prohibitions in the period. DiGangi's study illuminates, through a diverse range of plays, the centrality of homoerotic practices to household, court and city life in early modern England.

    • The first comprehensive account of homoeroticism in high Renaissance drama
    • Wide range of texts beyond Shakespeare, including four major dramatic genres and other non-dramatic texts in poetry and prose
    • Broader definition of homoeroticism, beyond sodomy, takes in a wider range of material on sexuality, for more nuanced treatment
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521583411
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The homoerotics of marriage in Ovidian comedy
    3. The homoerotics of mastery in satiric comedy
    4. The homoerotics of favoritism in tragedy
    5. The homoerotics of masculinity in tragicomedy

  • Author

    Mario DiGangi, Indiana University

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