Literature: Representing Female Same-Sex Erotic Relationships and Desires
in Same-Sex Desire in Early Modern England, 1550–1735
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Desiderius Erasmus's Scriptural commentaries and editions of classical writers and the Church fathers profoundly influenced Renaissance scholarship and literature. Although primarily concerned with heterosexual intercourse and transgressive heterosexual pleasures, Lucian's and Aretino's works also contain scenes of female same-sex sexual acts. Ben Jonson's successes on the stage, including Volpone, The Alchemist, and Bartholomew Fair were matched by his successes at court, where he wrote masques for Queen Anne and lyric verse. Writer of political satires, and supporter of religious toleration, parliamentary democracy, and civil liberty, Andrew Marvell is best known for his lyric poetry, most published posthumously. Frederick Scheffer's and William King's 'learned' footnotes and appendices comprise some of the work's most vicious assaults on Myra, as well as an index of classical and contemporary beliefs about female homoerotic relationships, desires, and sexual acts.

Same-Sex Desire in Early Modern England, 1550–1735

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