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Re: Early Modern Sexual Perferences
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2322  Thursday, 11 October 2001

From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Oct 2001 15:06:27 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 12.2311 Re: "Shakespeare's Hidden Lesbians"
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2311 Re: "Shakespeare's Hidden Lesbians"

> I haven't read Cady's article yet, but I will try to (Again, thanks to
> Gabriel for the reference).

As I recall, Cady is critical of what he calls "new inventionism,"
defined as the proposition that homosexual subjectivity begins at the
time that the term "homosexual" comes into use in the 1890s. On the
basis of the uses of the phrase "masculine love" in the early modern
era, Cady argues that there was indeed a sense of homosexual
subjectivity in Shakespeare's time. Maybe, maybe not, but again as I
recall, the only uses of "masculine love" come from references to Thomas
Heywood and Francis Bacon, and Heywood's use was itself critical. I did
not find these to be a sufficient number of references to support Cady's
argument. On the other hand, regarding my own inquiry on "nests" in this
thread, I think there was a sociological perspective emerging in the
early modern era on those with same-sex preferences. I'll await what
others think.

Jack Heller

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