By Jonathan Goldberg
The presence of up to date historical past should be felt through the quantity, starting with an research of the makes use of of Renaissance precedents within the 1986 U.S. excellent court docket selection Bowers v. Hardwick, to a bit at the foundations of 'our' nationwide imaginary, and an afterword that addresses how identification politics has formed the paintings of early glossy historians. the amount examines canonical and noncanonical texts, together with hugely coded poems of the fifteenth-century Italian poet Burchiello, a story from Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron, and Erasmus's letters to a tender male acolyte. English texts supply a significant concentration, together with works by way of Spenser, Shakespeare, Bacon, Donne, Beaumont and Fletcher, Crashaw, and Dryden. wide suveys of the complicated terrains of friendship and sodomy are explored in a single essay, whereas one other bargains a cross-cultural examining of the discursive websites of lesbian desire.
Contributors. Alan Bray, Marcie Frank, Carla Freccero, Jonathan Goldberg, Janet Halley, Graham Hammill, Margaret Hunt, Donald N. Mager, Jeff Masten, Elizabeth Pittenger, Richard Rambuss, Alan ok. Smith, Dorothy Stephens, Forrest Tyler Stevens, Valerie Traub, Michael Warner
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