The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0101  Tuesday, 12 March 2013


From:        Dylan Hester <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 11, 2013 1:21:16 PM EDT

Subject:     Sex before Sex


How do contemporary notions of sex acts distort views of sex in literature of other eras? 


SEX BEFORE SEX: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England

Edited by James M. Bromley and Will Stockton

Afterword by Valerie Traub

University of Minnesota Press | 336 pages | 2013

ISBN 978-0-8166-8077-1 | paperback 

ISBN 978-0-8166-8076-4 | cloth 


Sex before Sex makes clear that we cannot simply transfer our contemporary notions of what constitutes a sex act into the past and expect them to be true for those who were then reading literature and watching plays. The contributors confront how our current critical assumptions about definitions of sex restrict our understanding of representations of sexuality in early modern England. 



James M. Bromley is assistant professor of English at Miami University. He is the author of Intimacy and Sexuality in the Age of Shakespeare.


Will Stockton is associate professor of English at Clemson University. He is the author of Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy (Minnesota, 2011).


Valerie Traub is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan.


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University of Minnesota Press

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Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520

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