Erotic Politics: The Dynamics of Desire in the Renaissance Theatre

1st Edition

Susan Zimmerman

Routledge
Published December 17, 1992
Reference - 208 Pages
ISBN 9780415066471 - CAT# RU9805

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Summary

Identifying the stage as a primary site for erotic display, these essays take eroticism in Renaissance culture as a paradigm for issues of sexuality and identity in early modern culture. Contributors examine how the Renaissance stage functioned as a decoder for erotic experience, both reinforcing and subverting expected sexual behaviour. They argue that the dynamics of theatrical eroticism served to deconstruct gender definitions, leaving conventional categories of sexuality blurred, confused - or absent.
In seeking to reposition the conventions and subversions of gender and desire in terms of one another, these essays open up an attractive and distinctive perspective in cultural debate.

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