Friendship and Queer Theory in the Renaissance: Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern England (Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture)

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In this volume, the author offers a substantial reconsideration of same-sex relations in the early modern period, and argues that early modern writers – rather than simply celebrating a classical friendship model based in dyadic exclusivity and a rejection of self-interest – sought to innovate on classical models for idealized friendship. This book redirects scholarly conversations regarding gender, sexuality, classical receptions, and the economic aspects of social relations in the early modern period. It points to new directions in the application of queer theory to Renaissance literature by examining group friendship as a celebrated social formation in the work of early modern writers from Shakespeare to Milton.

This volume will be of interest to scholars of the early modern period in England, as well as to those interested in the intersections between literature and gender studies, economic history and the economic aspects of social relations, the classics and the classical tradition, and the history of sexuality.

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John S. Garrison is Associate Professor of English at Grinnell College.He has held fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, theBeinecke Library at Yale University, the Medieval Academy of America,the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Endowment for theHumanities.

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"In Friendship and Queer Theory in the Renaissance, John Garrison provides an exploration of friendship in the early modernperiod that is not only nuanced, but informative, entertaining, andeasily extended to other periods. Garrison's text is an excellentcontribution to the studies of friendship in the Renaissance, as well as to queer theory and studies of friendship outside of the Renaissance."
- Early Modern Literary Studies


"Garrison's theoretical framework that unites queer theory with New Historicism promises richer and riper readings in the ensuing years." 
- The Year's Work in English Studies

"Garrison encourages us to eschew a critical perspective on early modern literature that perceives the dyad as normative, and ultimately to 'rethink the model of dyadic sociality itself' (xiii). This is a profoundly worthwhile aim which challenges the potentially anachronistic application to early modern society of contemporary idealised, dyadic conceptions of friendship and love." - The Seventeenth Century
"Garrison builds a compelling case for both the employment of and innovation upon classical models of virtuous friendship in the rapidly growingmarketplace of early modern England. Those interested in considering how discussions of early modern sexualities and same-sex friendship may beexpanded [...] will find this carefully articulated monograph ofsignificant interest."
- Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies

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