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Riassunto: Alan Bray's Homosexuality in Renaissance England is a milestone work, one of those rare books that can be said to have virtually milestone work, one of those rare books that can be said to have virtually inaugurated a field of study--and one which remains a standard, comprehensive introduction to the subject. Since it was first published in England in 1982, however, it has been difficult to find in America.
Examining the image of the sodomite in sixteenth- and seventeenth- century literature and polemic, Bray demonstrates how widely that image differed from the everyday occurrences of male homosexual behavior in ordinary households and schools.
Homosexuality in Renaissance England explores how men who engaged in sodomy reconciled this behavior with their society's violent loathing for the sodomite, and shows how a social more that had remained stable for centuries changed dramatically toward the end of the seventeenth century.
Widely considered the best study of its kind Homosexuality in Renaissance England clearly shows why the modern image of "the homosexual" cannot be applied to the early modern period, when homosexual behavior was viewed in terms of the sexual act and not an individual's broader identity.
Bray's classic work goes on to show how the early eighteenth century saw the earliest emergence of a "homosexual identity." Finally available to a broad general audience in America, Homosexuality in Renaissance England is a must-read for anyone interested in sexuality during the early modern period.
Book Description: Bray explores how men who engaged in sodomy reconciled this behavior with their society's violent loathing for the sodomite, and shows how a social more that had remained stable for centuries changed dramatically toward the end of the seventeenth century.
Titolo: Homosexuality in Renaissance England
Casa editrice: Gay Mens Pr
Data di pubblicazione: 1982
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Gay Men's Press, 1982. Condizione libro: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has soft covers. In good all round condition. Codice libro della libreria 5931226
Descrizione libro Gay Men's Press. Paperback. Condizione libro: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Codice libro della libreria G0907040136I5N10
Descrizione libro Gay Men's Press. Paperback. Condizione libro: Fair. Codice libro della libreria G0907040136I5N00
Descrizione libro Gay Men's Press. Paperback. Condizione libro: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Codice libro della libreria 2763417423
Descrizione libro Gay Men's Press, 1982. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Good. Slight wear to covers. Internally in good condition, pages lightly tanned. Codice libro della libreria 511104
Descrizione libro Gay Mens Pr, 1982. Paperback. Condizione libro: Used: Very Good. Softcover. Good binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. Ships daily. Codice libro della libreria 1704130089
Descrizione libro Gay Men's Press, 1982. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Book Condition: Near fine, inside and out. 1st edition. 8 ¼ x 5 1/4", 149 pages, 8 ounces XX. [From the back cover]: Writing from within the gay movement, Alan Bray reclaims a chapter in the buried history of homosexuality. In so doing, he explores a crucial period in the evolution of English society from a new and revealing angle. His approach is distinct both from the traditional catalogue of homosexual celebrities, and from those historians for whom homosexuality has only a marginal significance. Alan Bray's concern is with the changing ways homosexuality was interpreted and expressed in everyday life, which he shows as an integral part of the transformation from the medieval into the modern world. XX [From his 2001 obituary in The Guardian]: Alan Bray, who has died aged 53, was a rare combination; a senior civil servant, gay activist and scholar. His book, Homosexuality In Renaissance England, first published in 1982 and still in print, is a classic of meticulous research and independent thinking on the origins of the modern gay identity. It shows how sodomy was regarded in Elizabethan cosmology as a sinful desire to which all men were potentially subject, but that homosexual activity was widely tolerated and had not then come to signify the deviant psychological type it later became. Alan was brought up, in significant economic hardship, in Hunslet, Leeds, and the death of his mother, when he was 12, affected him deeply; he was vulnerable in relationships and retained an intense privacy, and sometimes loneliness, alongside unfailing tenderness towards his friends. Educated at Central high school, Leeds, where he met his lifelong friend, Graham Wilson, and Bangor University, he spent a year in an Anglican seminary before building a distinguished career in the Inland Revenue. He worked in Lord Rayner's team at a time of civil service reform. His managerial acumen, and an ability to memorise complex cases, commanded great respect. Before taking early retirement as a principal in 1996, after a serious illness and an HIV diagnosis, he piloted through the highly technical issues surrounding the Lloyds insurance market crisis. A creative tension in Alan's life sprang from the radicalism around his sexuality and long-held religious beliefs. He converted to Roman Catholicism in the mid-1980s, and was in communication with the late Cardinal Basil Hume on behalf of the gay Catholic group, Quest. In the early 1970s, he was involved with the Gay Liberation Front, and with campaigns such as the Gay News Defence Committee, set up in 1977 to fight the blasphemous libel prosecution of Gay News by Mary Whitehouse. After the Guardian published an offensive article about the 1979 Gay Pride march, polite and besuited, he cased the Guardian offices the night before a highly effective zap by 50 members of the Gay Activists Alliance. Alan saw his work as part of the wider sexual politics movement, and he was a founder member of the Gay History Group. The success of his first book led to greater recognition, and he had two important articles on male friendship published in the History Workshop Journal, of which he was an editor between 1994-97. He became a fellow of Birkbeck College, London, and was invited to give papers at American and Australian universities. His final project, The Friend, is due to be published next year. This book explores same sex kinship ceremonies and unions that permeated the culture of pre-modern societies. A particular focus is on joint tombs inscribed with declarations of love - the most illustrious being the grave of Cardinal Newman. It was while discovering these burial sites that Alan realised his research was also a personal act of remembrance and mourning for friends lost to AIDS. Codice libro della libreria 000305
Descrizione libro U.S.A.: Gay Mens Pr, 1982. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Trade paperback in near fine condition. Codice libro della libreria 169073
Descrizione libro Gay Men's Press, London, 1982. Soft Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 000478
Descrizione libro Gay Men's Press, London U.K., 1982. Paperback. Condizione libro: Fine. First Edition. A clean and pristine copy, with no signs of prior use. Fast shipping world wide, with tracking number supplied to all US addresses. Codice libro della libreria 30720