In the most comprehensive study yet of homosexuality in the English Renaissance, Bruce R. Smith examines and rejects the assessments of homosexual acts in moral philosophy, laws, and medical books in favor of a poetics of homosexual desire. Smith isolates six different qmythsq from classical literature and discusses each in relation to a particular Renaissance literary genre and to a particular part of the social structure of early modern England. Smith's new Preface places his work in the context of the continuing controversies in gay, lesbian, and bisexual studies. qThe best single analysis of the homoerotic element in Renaissance English literature.qaKeith Thomas, New York Review of Books qSmith's lucid and subtle book offer[s] a poetics of homosexual desire. . . . Its scholarship, impressively broad and deftly deployed, aims to further a serious social purpose: the redemptive location of homosexual desire in history and the recuperation for our own time, through an understanding of its discursive embodiments, of that desire's changing imperatives and parameters.qaTerence Hawkes, Times Literary Supplement qThe great strength of Bruce Smith's book is that it does not sidestep the complex challenge of engaging in the sexual politics of the present while attending to the resistant discourses and practices of Renaissance England. Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare's England demonstrates how a commitment to the present opens up our understanding of the past.qaPeter Stallybrass, Shakespeare Quarterly qA major contribution to the understanding of homosexuality in Renaissance England and by far the best and most comprehensive account yet offered of the homoeroticism that suffuses Renaissance literature.qaClaude J. Summers, Journal of HomosexualityHomosexual Desire in Shakespearea#39;s England demonstrates how a commitment to the present opens up our understanding of the past.aquot;aPeter Stallybrass, Shakespeare Quarterly aquot;A major contribution to the understanding of homosexuality in ...
|Title||:||Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare's England|
|Author||:||Bruce R. Smith|
|Publisher||:||University of Chicago Press - 1994-01|