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Commended for Lambda Literary Awards (Studies) 2015
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The Sexuality of History (inbunden)

The Sexuality of History

Modernity and the Sapphic, 1565-1830

Inbunden Engelska, 2014-12-05
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The period of reform, revolution, and reaction that characterized seventeenth - and eighteenth-century Europe also witnessed an intensified interest in lesbians. In scientific treatises and orientalist travelogues, in French court gossip and Dutch court records, in passionate verse, in the rising novel, and in cross-dressed flirtations on the English and Spanish stage, poets, playwrights, philosophers, and pundits were placing sapphic relations before the public eye. In The Sexuality of History, Susan S. Lanser demonstrates how intimacies between women became harbingers of the modern, bringing the sapphic into the mainstream of some of the most significant events in Western Europe. Ideas about female same-sex relations became a focal point for intellectual and cultural contests between authority and liberty, power and difference, desire and duty, mobility and change, and order and governance. Lanser explores the ways in which a historically specific interest in lesbians intersected with, and stimulated, systemic concerns that would seem to have little to do with sexuality. Departing from the prevailing trend of queer reading, whereby scholars ferret out hidden content in "closeted" texts, Lanser situates overtly erotic representations within wider spheres of interest. The Sexuality of History shows that just as we can understand sexuality by studying the past, so too can we understand the past by studying sexuality.
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"The Sexuality of History is nothing short of astonishing. On the very title page it makes a claim that reverses everything we know about how sexuality has been historicized; and then, not only in its opening pages but also throughout this vast and powerful study, this enormous claim is proved." (George Haggerty, University of California, Riverside)"

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Susan S. Lanser is professor of comparative literature, English, and women's and gender studies at Brandeis University. She is the author of Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice and The Narrative Act: Point of View in Prose Fiction.