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By Jeffrey Masten

For Jeffrey Masten, the historical past of sexuality and the background of language are in detail similar. In Queer Philologies, he reports specific phrases that remove darkness from the historical past of sexuality in Shakespeare's time and analyzes the equipment we've got used to check intercourse and gender in literary and cultural background. construction at the paintings of theorists and historians who've, following Foucault, investigated the significance of phrases like "homosexual," "sodomy," and "tribade" in a number of cultures and historic sessions, Masten argues that simply because the heritage of sexuality calls for the heritage 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, flow, transformation, and constitutive strength of keywords in the early smooth discourse of intercourse and gender—terms equivalent 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. interpreting the continuities in addition to changes among Shakespeare's language and our personal, he deals up a queer lexicon within which the letter "Q" may be the queerest personality of all.

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