Sappho in Early Modern England:Female Same-Sex Literary Erotics, 1550-1714
Sappho in Early Modern England: Female Same-Sex Literary Erotics, , Andreadis
This study deals with the literary construction of female homosexuality in the period from to the first quarter of the eighteenth century. In the introductory chapter it is made clear that the book covers literary rather than historical practice. English female writers are discussed in depth, but the book also covers continental and classical influences on writers and readers. Professor Andreadis does not limit herself to the accounts of transgressive behaviour in conventional literary texts but includes travel narratives, anatomies, conduct books and other vernacular publications.
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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.