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Sexuality and Gender in Early Modern Europe

Sexuality and Gender in Early Modern Europe
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James Grantham Turner, Cristelle L. Baskins, Juliet Fleming, James F. Gaines, Constance Jordan, David Kuchta, Katherine Eisaman Maus, Janel Mueller, Mary Pardo, Maureen Quilligan, Josephine A. Roberts, Margaret F. Rosenthal, Guido Ruggiero, Michael Schoenfeldt, Domna C. Stanton, Naomi Yavneh
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  • Date Published: August 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521446051

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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 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 'femininity' of masculine dress, and the sexual politics of courtesy.

    • A new evaluation of sexuality and gender in Renaissance Europe
    • Important book for women's studies
    • Multidisciplinary essays with wide appeal
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    • Date Published: August 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521446051
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Preface and acknowledgements
    Introduction: a history of sexuality?
    1. Marriage, love, sex, and Renaissance civic morality
    2. Typology, sexuality and the Renaissance Esther
    3. Artifice as seduction in Titian
    4. Renaissance women and the question of class
    5. Venetian women and their discontents
    6. The ambiguity of beauty in Tasso and Petrarch
    7. George Pettie, Barnaby Rich, and delights for women 'only'
    8. Troping Utopia: Donne's brief for Lesbianism
    9. Staging gender in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew
    10. The semiotics of masculinity in Renaissance England
    11. Recuperating women and the man behind the screen
    12. Male Renaissance poets in the female body
    13. The geography of Renaissance love
    13. Gender and conduct in Paradise Lost.

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    James Grantham Turner

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    James Grantham Turner, Cristelle L. Baskins, Juliet Fleming, James F. Gaines, Constance Jordan, David Kuchta, Katherine Eisaman Maus, Janel Mueller, Mary Pardo, Maureen Quilligan, Josephine A. Roberts, Margaret F. Rosenthal, Guido Ruggiero, Michael Schoenfeldt, Domna C. Stanton, Naomi Yavneh

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