Men in Love: Masculinity and Sexuality in the Eighteenth Century

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Columbia University Press, 1999 - Всего страниц: 214

Love in all its cultural and personal complexity is the focus of this book. While scholars of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century homoerotic culture have tended to focus on sexual behavior and the much-maligned figure of the sodomite, George E. Haggerty argues that the concepts of love and emotional intimacy offer a more useful perspective for understanding male-male relations of the time.

Haggerty considers male "identities" of many kinds: heroic friends, as found in seventeenth-century French romance and Restoration tragedy, and personal friends, as in the erotic relationships of Gray, Walpole, and West; fops and beaus, as depicted in Restoration and early eighteenth-century comedy and various satirical portraits; effeminate sodomites and mollies depicted in literature and sodomy trial accounts throughout the period; men of feeling and other figures in whom sensibility and sexuality are vividly interconnected. He also discusses libertines and sexual aggressors, especially as depicted in the pages of Gothic fiction.

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George Haggerty is professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of Unnatural Affections: Women and Fiction in the Later 18th Century and Gothic Fiction/Gothic Form, co-editor (with Bonnie Zimmerman) of Professions of Desire: Lesbian and Gay Studies in Literature, and editor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Gay History and Cultures.

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