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Sexuality and Gender in Early Modern Europe : Institutions, Texts, Images - James Grantham Turner

Sexuality and Gender in Early Modern Europe

Institutions, Texts, Images

By: James Grantham Turner (Editor)

Paperback Published: 4th October 1993
ISBN: 9780521446051
Number Of Pages: 364

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This exploration of sexuality and gender in Renaissance art and literature starts from an assumption that would have seemed unthinkable a generation ago: that the "natural" phenomena of sex, gender, and subjectivity are constructed rather than essentially biological or fixed. The essays in this collection rise to the challenge of producing a new post-Foucaultian history of gender and sexuality. All of them have been influenced by feminism, and several deal with women not just as objects of representation, but as subjects and authors in their own right. Among the historical issues examined are the production and suppression of women's voices, the relation between illicit sexuality and social order, the ambiguity of beauty, lesbian erotics, birth-imagery and the birthing ritual, the class status of women, the "feminity" of masculine dress, and the sexual politics of courtesy. The volume provides a new perspective on the literature, art, and society of Renaissance Italy, France, and England.

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"The great strength of this volume is that it displays the wide variety of approaches being applied to cultural products of the Renaissance. In particular, it demonstrates how the juxtaposition and reconsideration of different types of evidence (visual, literary, and 'empirical') can significantly enrich our understanding of the Renaissance." Linda L. Gaus, Sixteenth Century Journal

List of illustrationsp. ix
Notes on contributorsp. xii
Preface and acknowledgementsp. xv
Introduction: A history of sexuality?p. 1
Marriage, love, sex, and Renaissance civic moralityp. 10
Typology, sexuality, and the Renaissance Estherp. 31
Artifice as seduction in Titianp. 55
Renaissance women and the question of classp. 90
Venetian women writers and their discontentsp. 107
The ambiguity of beauty in Tasso and Petrarchp. 133
The ladies' man and the age of Elizabethp. 158
Troping Utopia: Donne's brief for lesbianismp. 182
Staging gender: William Shakespeare and Elizabeth Caryp. 208
The semiotics of masculinity in Renaissance Englandp. 233
Recuperating women and the man behind the screenp. 247
A womb of his own: male Renaissance poets in the female bodyp. 266
The geography of love in seventeenth-century women's fictionp. 289
Gender and conduct in Paradise Lostp. 310
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9780521446051
ISBN-10: 0521446058
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 4th October 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.09  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.6

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