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Secret Sexualities: A SourceBook of 17th and 18th Century Writing written by Ian Mccormick


Secret Sexualities: A SourceBook of 17th and 18th Century Writing written by Ian Mccormick


Secret Sexualities is expansive in its historical range, vast sources and scholarly research. It contains rare, unpublished, primary material, extensive critical and contextual material by the editor, and refuses to discriminate between issues of sex, sexuality and gender.
The coverage includes:

extracts dealing with anatomy and medicine

the cultural construction of eunuchs and hermaphrodites

famous trials for sodomy and the forgotten victims of the law

representations of effeminate men, fops and sodomites

Sapphic texts which portray cross-dressing, mannish women and female husbands


A groundbreaking, comprehensive study of lesbian and gay culture from 1620-1785, Secret Sexualities collects for the first time a broad range of rare primary documents from the Renaissance. This collection identifies the origins and historical components of gay and lesbian identities. Representing lesbians and gay men in the period's own manners and terms, Secret Sexualities is critical reading for students of literature, gender, and cultural history.

Secret Sexualities contains rare and previously unpublished material, and takes a bold approach to issues of sex, sexuality, and gender in the Renaissance. Divided into four sections, author Ian McCormick examines: Anatomies (the construction of eunuchs and hermaphrodites; the relationship between the grotesque body, sex, and gender); Crimes and Punishments (sodomy trials; punishment; literary and imaginary perception of sodomy trials); Representations (gay men in the popular imagination; songs, poems, pamphlets, and sermons); Sapphic Texts (cross- dressing; female husbands; courtships and sexual practices; lesbian culture).

Secret Sexualities includes critical introductions for each section and extract, as well as a bibliography and glossary.

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