Queer (re)readings in the French Renaissance: Homosexuality, Gender, Culture

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Literary Criticism - 375 pages
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Focusing on multiple aspects of Renaissance culture, and in particular its preoccupation with the reading and rewriting of classical sources, this book examines representations of homosexuality in sixteenth-century France. Analysing a wide range of texts and topics, it presents an assessment of queer theory that is grounded in historical examples, including French translations of Boccaccio's Decameron, the poetry of Ronsard, works in praise of and satirising Henri III and his mignons, Montaigne's Essais, Brantome's Dames galantes, the figures of the androgyne and the hermaphrodite, and religious discourses and practices of penance and confession. Throughout this study, emphasis is placed on the coexistence of different models of homosexuality during the Renaissance - homosexual desire was simultaneously universal and individual, neither of these views excluding the other. Insisting equally on points of convergence and difference between Renaissance and modern understandings of homosexuality, this book works towards a historicisation of the concept of queerness.
 

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Contents

Tales of Sodom and Other Cities
55
ReReading with Ronsard
93
Representations of Heroism
147
Friendship Marriage Homosexuality
191
Women Queer
245
On Kissing Whipping Confession
293
Bibliography
335
Index
367
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Gary Ferguson is a Professor of French in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Delaware, USA

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