Closeted Writing and Lesbian and Gay Literature: Classical, by David M. Robinson

By David M. Robinson

Arguing for renewed cognizance to covert same-sex-oriented writing (and to authorial purpose extra generally), this research explores the illustration of male and female homosexuality in past due 16th- via mid-eighteenth-century British and French literature. the writer additionally uncovers and analyzes long term continuities within the illustration of same-sex love, intercourse, and wish among the classical, early smooth, eighteenth-century, or even smooth classes. one of the 17th- and eighteenth-century authors and texts tested listed below are Mme de Murat, Les Memoires De Madame los angeles Comtesse De M*** (1697); John Cleland, Memoirs of a lady of enjoyment (1748-49); Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748); Nicolas Chorier and Jean Nicolas, L'Academie des dames (1680); Delarivier Manley, the recent Atalantis (1709); and Isaac de Benserade, Iphis et Iante (1637). Classical texts introduced into the dialogue contain Juvenal's Satires, Lucian's Erotes, and, most significantly, Ovid's Metamorphoses. Casting its web widely but exploring deeply-poems, performs, novels, and extra; from the intense to the satiric, the well mannered to the pornographic; famous and little-known; written in English, French, and Latin; released in early smooth and eighteenth-century Britain and France; plus key classical texts-this learn engages with the historiography of sexuality as a whole.

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