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Sex before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England

James M. Bromley and Will Stockton

Abstract

What is sex exactly? Does everyone agree on a definition? And does that definition hold when considering literary production in other times and places? This book makes clear that we cannot simply transfer our contemporary notions of what constitutes a sex act into the past and expect them to be true for the people who were then reading literature and watching plays. The chapters confront how our current critical assumptions about definitions of sex restrict our understanding of representations of sexuality in early modern England. Drawing attention to overlooked forms of sexual activity in ear ... More

Keywords: sex, sex act, sexuality, early modern England, sexual activity, early modern culture, anilingus, chin-chucking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816680764
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680764.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James M. Bromley, editor
Assistant Professor of English, Clemson University

Will Stockton, editor