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This fascinating and diverse collection of essays concerns the lives and representations of homosexuals in the long eighteenth century. The collection addresses and seeks to move beyond the current critical division between essentialists and social constructionists, a division that bedevils the history of sexuality and fissures Queer Theory. Drawing on a wide range of sources as well as theoretical approaches, the essays explore canonical and non-canonical literature, scurrilous pamphlets and court cases, music, religion and politics, consumer culture and sexual subcultures. Eighteenth-century life is depicted here in all its rich variety, from the scandals surrounding Queen Anne to the struggles of laboring-class poets, and from the famous - Defoe, Handel, Boswell, Burney, and the Duchess of Devonshire - to the obscure male frequenters of Mother Clap's Molly House or the anonymous female participants in the extraordinary story of The She-Wedding.

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ISBN-13: 9781611482713
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2007
Series: Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture Series
Pages: 305
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Chris Mounsey is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Winchester. Caroline Gonda is a fellow and director of studies in English at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge.

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