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Sex Before Sex : Figuring the Act in Early Modern England

Author: James M Bromley; Will Stockton
Publisher: Minneapolis ; London : University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is sex exactly? Does everyone agree on a definition? And does that definition hold when considering literary production in other times and places? Sex before Sex makes clear that we cannot simply transfer our contemporary notions of what constitutes a sex act into the past and expect them to be true for the people who were then reading literature and watching plays. The contributors confront how our current  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Sex Before Sex
(DLC) 2012043819
(OCoLC)816563848
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James M Bromley; Will Stockton
ISBN: 9781461941163 1461941164 9781452939476 1452939470
OCLC Number: 857467605
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 329 pages)
Contents: Introduction: Figuring early modern sex / Will Stockton and James M. Bromley --
"Invisible sex!": What looks like the act in early modern drama? / Christine Varnado --
Death and theory: Or, the problem of counterfactual sex / Kathryn Schwarz --
Spectacular impotence: Or, things that hardly ever happen in the critical history of pornography / Melissa J. Jones --
"Unmanly passion": Sodomitical self-fashioning in John Ford's The Lover's Melancholy and Perkin Warbeck / Nicholas F. Radel --
The erotics of chin-chucking in seventeenth-century England / Will Fisher --
Rimming the Renaissance / James M. Bromley --
Animal, vegetable, sexual: Metaphor in John Donne's "Sappho to Philaenis" and Andrew Marvell's "The garden" / Stephen Guy-Bray --
Aping rape: Animal ravishment and sexual knowledge in early modern England / Holly Dugan --
The seduction of Milton's lady: Rape, psychoanalysis, and the erotics of consumption in "Comus" / Will Stockton --
"How human life began": Sexual reproduction in Book 8 of Paradise Lost / Thomas H. Luxon --
Afterword / Valerie Traub.
Responsibility: James M. Bromley and Will Stockton, editors ; afterword by Valerie Traub.

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