Queer (Re)Readings in the French Renaissance

Queer (Re)Readings in the French Renaissance

Author: Gary Ferguson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351907187

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 386

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Focusing on multiple aspects of Renaissance culture, and in particular its preoccupation with the reading and rewriting of classical sources, this book examines representations of homosexuality in sixteenth-century France. Analysing a wide range of texts and topics, it presents an assessment of queer theory that is grounded in historical examples, including French translations of Boccaccio's Decameron, the poetry of Ronsard, works in praise of and satirising Henri III and his mignons, Montaigne's Essais, Brantôme's Dames galantes, the figures of the androgyne and the hermaphrodite, and religious discourses and practices of penance and confession. Close comparison with the ancient models on which they drew - the elegy and epic, the works of Plato, Ovid, Lucian, and others - reveals Renaissance writers redeploying an established set of cultural understandings and assumptions at once congruent and at odds with their own society's socio-sexual norms. Throughout this study, emphasis is placed on the coexistence of different models of homosexuality during the Renaissance - homosexual desire was simultaneously universal and individual, neither of these views excluding the other. Insisting equally on points of convergence and difference between Renaissance and modern understandings of homosexuality, this book works towards a historicisation of the concept of queerness.
Queer (Re)Readings in the French Renaissance
Language: en
Pages: 386
Authors: Gary Ferguson
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-12-05 - Publisher: Routledge

Focusing on multiple aspects of Renaissance culture, and in particular its preoccupation with the reading and rewriting of classical sources, this book examines representations of homosexuality in sixteenth-century France. Analysing a wide range of texts and topics, it presents an assessment of queer theory that is grounded in historical examples,
Same-Sex Marriage in Renaissance Rome
Language: en
Pages: 232
Authors: Gary Ferguson
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-09 - Publisher: Cornell University Press

Same-sex marriage is a hotly debated topic in the United States, and the world, today. From the tenor of most discussions, however, it would be easy to conclude that the idea of marriage between two people of the same sex is a uniquely contemporary phenomenon. Not so, argues Gary Ferguson
Urban Poetics in the French Renaissance
Language: en
Pages: 154
Authors: Elisabeth Hodges
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008 - Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Through a construct she calls urban poetics, Elisabeth Hodges draws out the relationship between the city and the self in early modern French literature and culture, showing the impact of the city in human history and cultural production to be so profound that it cannot be extricated from what we
Men and Women Making Friends in Early Modern France
Language: en
Pages: 316
Authors: Lewis C. Seifert, Rebecca M. Wilkin
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-03-03 - Publisher: Routledge

Today the friendships that grab people’s imaginations are those that reach across inequalities of class and race. The friendships that seem to have exerted an analogous level of fascination in early modern France were those that defied the assumption, inherited from Aristotle and patristic sources, that friendships between men and
Intertextual Masculinity in French Renaissance Literature
Language: en
Pages: 262
Authors: David P. LaGuardia
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-06 - Publisher: Routledge

Intertextual Masculinity in French Renaissance Literature is an in-depth analysis of normative masculinity in a specific corpus from pre-modern Europe: narrative literature devoted to the subject of adultery and cuckoldry. The text begins with a set of general questions that serve as a conceptual framework for the literary analyses that