This publication explores representations of affection and wish among girl characters in approximately seventy performs written among 1580 and 1660. The paintings argues that playwrights of overdue 16th- and early seventeenth-century England well-known and developed richly diversified tropes of lady homoerotic wish. Writers position lady characters in erotic occasions with different lady characters in playful situations of fallacious identification, in worried moments of amorous intrigue, in predatory events and in enthusiastic, utopian representations of romantic love. those performs point out an understanding of girl homoeroticism in early glossy England and belie statements that literary proof of homosexuality used to be involved basically with males.

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