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Visions of Sodom: Religion, Homoerotic Desire, and the End of the World in England, c. 1550-1850

H. G. Cocks

Abstract

The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed in a storm of fire and brimstone sent from heaven, as recorded in Genesis. The biblical story provided perhaps the most important reference point in early modern England for those wanting to explore the nature of sexual excess and especially homoerotic desire. Visions of Sodom examines the different ways in which the story of the wicked cities was interpreted and read from the early modern period to the nineteenth century, and how it shaped understanding of homoerotic desire. During that period, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah provided a myth des ... More

Keywords: religion, homosexuality, Protestantism, Bible, theology, England, early modern, homoeroticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226438665
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226438832.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H. G. Cocks, author
Nottingham University, UK