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Bray explores how men who engaged in sodomy reconciled this behavior with their society's violent loathing for the sodomite, and shows how a social more that had remained stable for centuries changed dramatically toward the end of the seventeenth century.

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Examining the image of the sodomite in 16th- and 17th-century literature, this introductory text demonstrates how widely that image differed from the everyday occurrences of male homosexual behaviour in ordinary households and schools.

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Alan Bray's Homosexuality in Renaissance England is a milestone work, one of those rare books that can be said to have virtually milestone work, one of those rare books that can be said to have virtually inaugurated a field of study--and one which remains a standard, comprehensive introduction to the subject. Since it was first published in England in 1982, however, it has been difficult to find in America.

Examining the image of the sodomite in sixteenth- and seventeenth- century literature and polemic, Bray demonstrates how widely that image differed from the everyday occurrences of male homosexual behavior in ordinary households and schools.

Homosexuality in Renaissance England explores how men who engaged in sodomy reconciled this behavior with their society's violent loathing for the sodomite, and shows how a social more that had remained stable for centuries changed dramatically toward the end of the seventeenth century.

Widely considered the best study of its kind Homosexuality in Renaissance England clearly shows why the modern image of the homosexual cannot be applied to the early modern period, when homosexual behavior was viewed in terms of the sexual act and not an individual's broader identity.

Bray's classic work goes on to show how the early eighteenth century saw the earliest emergence of a homosexual identity. Finally available to a broad general audience in America, Homosexuality in Renaissance England is a must-read for anyone interested in sexuality during the early modern period.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [145]-155) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231102896
Author:
Bray, Alan
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
Homosexuality, male
Subject:
Renaissance -- England.
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Male homosexuality
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Edition Number:
Morningside ed. /
Edition Description:
Morningside
Series:
Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian & Gay Studies
Series Volume:
99
Publication Date:
19960131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.47x5.47x.42 in. .44 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Columbia University Press - English 9780231102896 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Examining the image of the sodomite in 16th- and 17th-century literature, this introductory text demonstrates how widely that image differed from the everyday occurrences of male homosexual behaviour in ordinary households and schools.
"Synopsis" by , Alan Bray's Homosexuality in Renaissance England is a milestone work, one of those rare books that can be said to have virtually milestone work, one of those rare books that can be said to have virtually inaugurated a field of study--and one which remains a standard, comprehensive introduction to the subject. Since it was first published in England in 1982, however, it has been difficult to find in America.

Examining the image of the sodomite in sixteenth- and seventeenth- century literature and polemic, Bray demonstrates how widely that image differed from the everyday occurrences of male homosexual behavior in ordinary households and schools.

Homosexuality in Renaissance England explores how men who engaged in sodomy reconciled this behavior with their society's violent loathing for the sodomite, and shows how a social more that had remained stable for centuries changed dramatically toward the end of the seventeenth century.

Widely considered the best study of its kind Homosexuality in Renaissance England clearly shows why the modern image of the homosexual cannot be applied to the early modern period, when homosexual behavior was viewed in terms of the sexual act and not an individual's broader identity.

Bray's classic work goes on to show how the early eighteenth century saw the earliest emergence of a homosexual identity. Finally available to a broad general audience in America, Homosexuality in Renaissance England is a must-read for anyone interested in sexuality during the early modern period.

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