Same-sex desire in early modern England, 1550-1735

An anthology of literary texts and contexts

Edited by Marie Loughlin

Same-sex desire in early modern England, 1550-1735


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8208-5
  • Pages: 608
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £21.00
  • Published Date: February 2014
  • BIC Category: Literary studies: general, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / LGBT, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies, LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance, Early Modern Literature, Literature, Literary studies: c 1400 to c 1600, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800


Balancing long-overlooked and well-known works from early modern England, Same-sex desire in early modern England, 1550-1735: An anthology of literary texts and contexts is a collection of English texts about homoerotic love, relationships, desires, and sexual acts.

The anthology's core texts are selections from works of drama, fiction, romance, poetry, essays and translation. These core texts are carefully introduced and annotated, and supplemented with illuminating contextual material from other early modern disciplines such as law, medicine, and theology. Juxtaposing literary and non-literary representations of same-sex erotic desire, this anthology explores a rich tradition of works both celebrating and condemning same-sex erotic love, focusing on a balance between the period's well-known homoerotic works, such as Shakespeare's Sonnets, and those which have remained much more obscure, such as Catherine Trotter's heroic drama Agnes de Castro.


Religious and moral writings
Criminal pamphlets
Travel writings
The new 'homosexual' subculture, 1700-30
The classical tradition in translation
Sappho's after-life: imitations and inspirations
Literature: Representing male same-sex erotic relationships and desires
Literature: Representing female same-sex erotic relationships and desires
Works Cited


Marie H. Loughlin is Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan)

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