Sappho in Early Modern England

Sappho in Early Modern England

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In Sappho in Early Modern England, Harriette Andreadis examines public and private expressions of female same-sex sexuality in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Before the language of modern sexual identities developed, a variety of discourses in both literary and extraliterary texts began to form a lexicon of female intimacy. Looking at accounts of non-normative female sexualities in travel narratives, anatomies, and even marital advice books, Andreadis outlines the vernacular through which a female same-sex erotics first entered verbal consciousness. She finds that qrespectableq women of the middle classes and aristocracy who did not wish to identify themselves as sexually transgressive developed new vocabularies to describe their desires; women that we might call bisexual or lesbian, referred to in their day as tribades, fricatrices, or qrubsters, q emerged in erotic discourses that allowed them to acknowledge their sexuality and still evade disapproval.... transgressive female sexuality continued in the eighteenth century to employ Sappho as their vehicle, as witnessed by Alexander Popea#39;s 1712 translation of Ovida#39;s epistle aquot;Sapho to Phaonaquot; or Nicholas Venettea#39;s 1750 manual Conjugal Love;anbsp;...

Title:Sappho in Early Modern England
Author:Harriette Andreadis
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2001-07-02


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