Figuring Sex Between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester
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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FIGURING SEX BETWEEN MEN
Definition and Indefinition
Shakespeares Play and their Italian Sources
The Erasure of Homoeroticism from Shakepears Text
POLITICS AND SODOMY
James I and his Favourites
The Pamphlet Attacks on Marvell
ROCHESTER AND RESTORATION HOMOEROTICISM
Rochesters Male Relationships
Sex Between Men in Rochesters Poetry
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