Journals Higher Education



Published: 02 March 2010

320 Pages | 4 b&w illus.

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823232215

Bookseller Code (01)


Renaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities

Jonathan Goldberg

A Fordham University Press Publication

This book is about representations of sodomy. While most of the texts it considers are literary-works by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser, among others-it is framed by political considerations, notably the 1986 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bowers v. Hardwick that denied any constitutional act to private consensual acts that the court termed 'homosexual sodomy' and the rhetoric attaching sodomy to Saddam Hussein in the initial U.S. war in Iraq.The book takes as axiomatic Foucault's description of sodomy as 'that utterly confused category.' Without collapsing questions of historical difference, it works to articulate relations between the early modern period and our own, between a time before the homo/heterosexual divide and the modern regimes that assume it.


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