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Figuring Sex between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester

Paul Hammond


This book explores how sexual relationships between men were represented in English literature during the 17th century. The book is built around two principal themes: firstly the literary strategies through which writers created imagined spaces for the expression of homosexual desire; and secondly the ways in which such texts were subsequently edited and adapted to remove these references to sex between men. The book begins with a wide-ranging analysis of the forms in which both homosexual desire and homophobic hatred were expressed in the period, focusing on the problems of defining male rela ... More

Keywords: sexual relationships, homosexual desire, homophobic hatred, male relationships, male friendships, classical settings, Shakespeare, Andrew Marvell, Earl of Rochester

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198186922
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Hammond, author
Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature, University of Leeds