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Lesbians in Early Modern Spain

Velasco, Sherry

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ISBN 10: 0826517501 / ISBN 13: 9780826517500
Published by Vanderbilt University Press 2011-05-01, 2011
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Title: Lesbians in Early Modern Spain

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press 2011-05-01

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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In this first in-depth study of female homosexuality in the Spanish Empire for the period from 1500 to 1800, Velasco presents a multitude of riveting examples that reveal widespread contemporary interest in women's intimate relations with other women. Her sources include literary and historical texts featuring female homoeroticism, tracts on convent life, medical treatises, civil and Inquisitional cases, and dramas. She has also uncovered a number of revealing illustrations from the period.
The women in these accounts, stories, and cases range from internationally famous transgendered celebrities to lesbian criminals, from those suspected of "special friendships" in the convent to ordinary villagers.
Velasco argues that the diverse and recurrent representations of lesbian desire provide compelling evidence of how different groups perceived intimacy between women as more than just specific sex acts. At times these narratives describe complex personal relationships and occasionally characterize these women as being of a certain "type," suggesting an early modern precursor to what would later be recognized as divergent lesbian, bisexual, and transgender identities.

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A wide range of accounts of lesbian relationships unearthed from the historical record

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