Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Sex before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Sex before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England

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Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England, ed. James M. Bromley and Will Stockton (Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2013). viii + 336 pp. ISBN 978-0-8166-8076-4, $82.50 (hard covers); ISBN 978-0-8166-8077-1, $27.50 (p/b). This volume endeavours to examine early modern understandings and representations of sex without relying on contemporary perspectives on the subject. Contributions include '"Invisible sex!" What looks like the act in early modern drama?' (Christine Varnado); 'Death and theory: or, the problem of counterfactual sex' (Kathryn Schwartz); 'Spectacular impotence: or, things that hardly ever happen in the critical history of pornography' (Melissa J. Jones); '"Unmanly passion": sodomitical self-fashioning in John Ford's The Lover's Melancholy and Perkin Warbeck' (Nicholas F. …

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