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Erotic Subjects: The Sexuality of Politics in Early Modern English Literature

Melissa E. Sanchez


This book demonstrates that if we treat sixteenth- and seventeenth-century erotic literature as part of English political history, both fields of study will look rather different. This important new book traces some surprising implications of two early modern commonplaces: first, that love is the basis of political consent and obedience, and second, that suffering is an intrinsic part of love. Rather than dismiss such commonplaces as mere convention, the book uncovers the political import of early modern literature’s fascination with erotic violence. Focusing on representations of masochism, s ... More

Keywords: poetry, drama, romance, gender, sexuality, political history, political theory, women’s writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199754755
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754755.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa E. Sanchez, author
University of Pennsylvania
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