The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, by Susan S. Lanser

By Susan S. Lanser

The interval of reform, revolution, and response that characterised 17th- and eighteenth-century Europe additionally witnessed an intensified curiosity in lesbians. In medical treatises and orientalist travelogues, in French court docket gossip and Dutch court docket documents, in passionate verse, within the emerging novel, and in cross-dressed flirtations at the English and Spanish degree, poets, playwrights, philosophers, and physicians have been putting sapphic kin earlier than the general public eye.            

 

In The Sexuality of History, Susan S. Lanser indicates how intimacies among girls grew to become harbingers of the fashionable, bringing the sapphic into the mainstream of a few of the main major occasions in Western Europe. rules approximately girl same-sex relatives turned a focus for highbrow and cultural contests among authority and liberty, energy and distinction, wish and responsibility, mobility and alter, order and governance. Lanser explores the ways that a traditionally particular curiosity in lesbians intersected with, and inspired, systemic matters that will appear to have little to do with sexuality. Departing from the existing development of queer interpreting wherein students ferret out hidden content material in “closeted” texts, Lanser situates openly erotic representations inside of wider spheres of curiosity.  The Sexuality of History indicates that simply as we will be able to comprehend sexuality by way of learning the previous, so can also we comprehend the previous by way of learning sexuality.

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