Figuring Sex Between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester

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Clarendon Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 281 pages
The first focuses on the way Shakespeare adapted his sources to introduce the possibility of sexual relations between male characters, with special attention to Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, and the Sonnets, and shows how these elements were removed in later adaptations of his plays and poems. Subsequent chapters chart the often satirical representation of homosexual rulers from James I to William III; the ambiguous sexuality figured in the poetry of Andrew Marvell; and the libertine homoeroticism of the poetry of the Earl of Rochester. The book draws on a wide range of poems, plays, letters, and pamphlets, and discusses a substantial amount of previously unknown material from both printed and manuscript sources."--Jacket.
 

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Contents

FIGURING SEX BETWEEN MEN
5
Definition and Indefinition
16
Potential Spaces
38
SHAKESPEARIAN FIGURES
62
Shakespeares Play and their Italian Sources
87
The Erasure of Homoeroticism from Shakepears Text
101
POLITICS AND SODOMY
117
James I and his Favourites
128
MARVELLS AMBIGUITIES
186
The Pamphlet Attacks on Marvell
187
Marvells Poetry
204
ROCHESTER AND RESTORATION HOMOEROTICISM
226
Rochesters Male Relationships
235
Sex Between Men in Rochesters Poetry
241
CONCLUSION
255
Bibliography
259

Sodomy and Civil War
150
Titus Oates
155
William III
172

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Paul Hammond is a Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature, University of Leeds.

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