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The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, 1565-1830

Susan S. Lanser


It has become a scholarly commonplace that history illuminates sexuality; The Sexuality of History argues that sexuality also illuminates history. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as European cultures grappled with the challenges of emergent modernity, ideas about female same-sex relations became a flash-point for contests about authority and liberty, power and difference, desire and duty, mobility and change, order and governance. Exploring a broad array of texts spanning more than two centuries and multiple language cultures, this book argues for the significance of relations ... More

Keywords: sexuality, lesbian, sapphic, Seventeenth century, Eighteenth century, early modern, Europe, modernity, women, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226187563
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226187877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan S. Lanser, author
Professor of comparative literature and women's and gender studies, Brandeis University