By Vin Nardizzi, Stephen Guy-Bray
Facing questions of the which means of eroticism in Renaissance England and its separation from different affective kinfolk, Queer Renaissance Historiography examines the special association of sexuality in this interval, and the function that queer idea has performed in our knowing of this association. As such this booklet not just displays at the perform of writing a queer historical past of Renaissance England, but in addition indicates new instructions for this custom. Queer Renaissance Historiography collects unique contributions from major specialists, partaking in more than a few serious conversations when prompting students and scholars alike to re-evaluate what we expect we all know approximately intercourse and sexuality in Renaissance England. proposing moral, political and demanding analyses of Early sleek texts, this publication units the tone for destiny scholarship on Renaissance sexualities, creating a well timed intervention in theoretical and methodological debates.
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Finally, there are a number of other people who have contributed in their own ways to the writing process, especially Julie Crawford, David DeLaura, Mario DiGangi, Eliane Glaser, Nick Radel and Alan Stewart. Vin Nardizzi did a fantastic job of preparing this chapter for publication. For an earlier collection of essays that concentrated in part on the Renaissance, see Summers (1992). Queer Renaissance Historiography specifically, to the writings of authors like John Addington Symonds, Walter Pater, and Havelock Ellis.
In that volume, Ellis clearly (but quietly) worked to present a queer Marlowe. Ideas about Marlowe’s supposed “homosexuality” are essentially based on two pieces of information: first, his literary writings, and secondly, the Baines document – the testimony that one Richard Baines gave at Marlowe’s post-mortem trial. ”22 In Ellis’s edition of Marlowe’s works, he tried to reprint the entire Baines document for the first time in conjunction with Marlowe’s literary writings. This ultimately proved to be too controversial for Ellis’s publisher, and he decided to elide some of the phrases from the Baines document in the middle of the print run after receiving a complaint from a “well-meaning lady” (1887: 209).
Writers like Richard von Krafft-Ebing maintained that homosexuality (like criminality and mental illness) was the result of an atavistic return to an earlier state of evolutionary development. The work of Victorian historiographers of the Renaissance implicitly refuted this degeneration theory. The unstated argument of their research was that if homosexuality flourished at one of the high points of Western civilization, then it could not possibly be degenerate. But how was the myth of the queer Renaissance created in the first place?
Queer Renaissance Historiography (Queer Interventions) by Vin Nardizzi, Stephen Guy-Bray