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Futile Pleasures: Early Modern Literature and the Limits of Utility

Corey McEleney

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823272655
eISBN:
9780823272709
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823272655.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Futile Pleasures examines the contradictory role that pleasure played in early modern English writers’ attempts to justify the utility and value of poetry. Drawing on the methodological resources of ... More


Orientations: Female-Female and Male-Male Eros in Dialogue

Todd W. Reeser

in Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226307008
eISBN:
9780226307145
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226307145.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter historicizes queer theory’s insight that lesbianism is often linked to a problem of representation by focusing on links between questions of reading and Platonic-inflected female-female ... More


Futilitarianism: An Introduction

Corey McEleney

in Futile Pleasures: Early Modern Literature and the Limits of Utility

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823272655
eISBN:
9780823272709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823272655.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The introduction begins by addressing how current debates about the value of literary studies and the humanities often return to the English Renaissance. It then lays out the argument of the book, ... More


Coda: Less Matter, More Art

Corey McEleney

in Futile Pleasures: Early Modern Literature and the Limits of Utility

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823272655
eISBN:
9780823272709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823272655.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The coda identifies the double binds that the book attempts to grapple with. Specifically, it explains the performativity of the study and argues that rethinking the pleasures and literariness of ... More


The Nether Lands of Chouboli’s Dastan

Madhavi Menon

in This Distracted Globe

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823270286
eISBN:
9780823270323
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270286.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The dastangoi tradition of storytelling speaks of desire in much the same way as Shakespeare’s drama does. It travels to different places, dresses up men as women, explores non-normative desires, and ... More


Dying Politically: Edward II and the Ends of Dynastic Monarchy

Maggie Vinter

in Last Acts: The Art of Dying on the Early Modern Stage

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780823284269
eISBN:
9780823286133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823284269.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Most readers of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II locate the play’s radicalism in the sexualized challenge that Edward’s homoerotic relations with Gaveston and the Spensers pose to dynastic monarchy ... More


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