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Figuring Sex between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester$
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Paul Hammond

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186922

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186922.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Figuring Sex between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester

Hammond Paul

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of the purpose of the book, which is to explore in more detail the literary representation of love and sex between men in the 17th century. The book foregrounds the very fragmentary and elusive character of 17th-century writing about sex between men, attending to the essential problems of figuring sex and figuring out what representations mean. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   homosexual men, sexual relationships, homosexual desire, male sexual relations

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