By Jeffrey Masten
For Jeffrey Masten, the historical past of sexuality and the heritage of language are in detail similar. In Queer Philologies, he reviews specific phrases that remove darkness from the background of sexuality in Shakespeare's time and analyzes the tools we now have used to review intercourse and gender in literary and cultural historical past. construction at the paintings of theorists and historians who've, following Foucault, investigated the significance of phrases like "homosexual," "sodomy," and "tribade" in various cultures and historic sessions, Masten argues that simply because the historical past of sexuality calls for the background of language, so too does philology, "the love of the word," require the analytical lens supplied via the examine of sexuality.
Masten unpacks the etymology, move, transformation, and constitutive strength of key phrases in the early sleek discourse of intercourse and gender—terms akin to "conversation" and "intercourse," "fundament" and "foundation," "friend" and "boy"—that defined our bodies, pleasures, feelings, sexual acts, even (to the level attainable during this interval) sexual identities. studying the continuities in addition to variations among Shakespeare's language and our personal, he bargains up a queer lexicon during which the letter "Q" may be the queerest personality of all.
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