Constructions of Female Homoeroticism in Early Modern Drama

  • Authors
  • Denise¬†A.¬†Walen

Part of the Early Modern Cultural Studies book series (EMCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Denise A. Walen
    Pages 1-22
  3. Denise A. Walen
    Pages 23-49
  4. Denise A. Walen
    Pages 51-77
  5. Denise A. Walen
    Pages 79-102
  6. Denise A. Walen
    Pages 103-120
  7. Denise A. Walen
    Pages 121-148
  8. Denise A. Walen
    Pages 149-155
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 157-230

About this book


This book explores representations of love and desire between female characters in nearly seventy plays written between 1580 and 1660. The work argues that playwrights of late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England recognized and constructed richly diverse tropes of female homoerotic desire. Writers place female characters in erotic situations with other female characters in playful scenarios of mistaken identity, in anxious moments of amorous intrigue, in predatory situations and in enthusiastic, utopian representations of romantic love. These plays indicate an awareness of female homoeroticism in early modern England and belie statements that literary evidence of homosexuality was concerned primarily with men.


drama identity Romanticism

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