Love in all its cultural and personal complexity is the focus of this book. While scholars of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century homoerotic culture have tended to focus on sexual behavior and the much-maligned figure of the sodomite, George E. Haggerty argues that the concepts of love and emotional intimacy offer a more useful perspective for understanding male-male relations of the time.
Haggerty considers male "identities" of many kinds: heroic friends, as found in seventeenth-century French romance and Restoration tragedy, and personal friends, as in the erotic relationships of Gray, Walpole, and West; fops and beaus, as depicted in Restoration and early eighteenth-century comedy and various satirical portraits; effeminate sodomites and mollies depicted in literature and sodomy trial accounts throughout the period; men of feeling and other figures in whom sensibility and sexuality are vividly interconnected. He also discusses libertines and sexual aggressors, especially as depicted in the pages of Gothic fiction.
Men in Love makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the period. This is a fine example of gay studies casting light on a whole culture. -- Gregory Woods Times Literary Supplement (London) Like Rowland's, the book should be seen as one vista on the trek to recover how modern Western sexuality evolved its particular taxonomy. Highly recommended, particularly for graduate students through faculty. -- D. N. Mager Choice George Haggerty's book Men in Love is a complex and persuasive discussion of the phenomenon of public expression of male-male love. -- Kathleen Kincade The Eighteenth Century : A Current Biblography
Series: Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies
For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 6th May 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51
Weight (kg): 0.36