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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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Rochester and Restoration Homoeroticism

Rochester and Restoration Homoeroticism

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(p.226) 5 Rochester and Restoration Homoeroticism
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Figuring Sex between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester
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Hammond Paul

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186922.003.0006

This chapter focuses on John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. His name is synonymous with heterosexual liberalism, but the chapter explores ways in which homosexual interests are paraded as part of a libertine ethos. It argues that for all the homosexual bravado encountered from time to time in this poetry, there is actually no real homoeroticism here, in the sense of felt desire for the male body.

Keywords:   John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, homoeroticism, homosexual desire

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