Sodometries: Renaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities

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CHAPTER 7
Bradford’s
‘Ancient
Members’ &
‘A Case of
Buggery…
Amongft
Them’

LANDA’S ACCOUNT OF the Yucatan, his ability to represent the Mayans textually, depends, I have argued, on violent acts of suppression—not only the Inquisition that he ordered but also the denials and forgetting that make his text possible. Denying that the Mayans were guilty of practices of sodomy allowed Landa to identify with them. (This is a saving denial—for Landa— it allows him to write of those he destroyed; it did not save the Mayans.) I move from Landa now to William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation to pursue further these paths of negation and their relation to representations of sodomy. From many perspectives Bradford’s text could seem out of place in this discussion, and indeed the introduction of an Anglo-American text in the context of Spanish-American texts poses great problems, and not merely those of national, chronological, and geographical difference. Such issues could be explored, but to do so might deflect the focus of this inquiry too far afield; it might also serve the purposes of the enforcement of disciplinary and nationalist differences which are no part of my design. I choose to place Bradford after Landa because his text allows us to see further—and perhaps in an extreme way—the productI’Ve relations between the negation

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents xi
  • Preface xv
  • Chapter 1- Intro- Duction ‘That Utterly Confused Category’ 1
  • Part One 27
  • Chapter 2- The Making of Courtly Makers 29
  • Chapter 3- Spenser’s Familiar Letters 63
  • Part Two 103
  • Chapter 4- The Transveftite Stage- More on the Case of Chriftopher Marlowe 105
  • Chapter 5- De­ Siring Hal 145
  • Part Three 177
  • Chapter 6- Dis­ Covering America 179
  • Chapter 7- Bradford’s ‘Ancient Members’ & ‘A Case of Buggery… Amongft Them’ 223
  • Chapter 8- Tailpiece Frome William Bradford to William Buckley 247
  • Reference Matter 251
  • Notes 253
  • Index 289
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