Lesbians in Early Modern Spain
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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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Date de parution 02 mai 2011
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9780826517524
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 2 Mo

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S H E R R Y V E L A S C O
LESBIANS INEARLYMODERN SPAIN
Lesbians in Early Modern Spain
Lesbians in EarlyModernSpain
Sherry Velasco
Vanderbilt University Press 
©  Vanderbilt University Press Nashville, Tennessee  All rights reserved First printing 
Publication of this book has been supported by a generous subsidy from the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities.
His book is printed on acid-free paper made from % post-consumer recycled content. Manufactured in the United States of America
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Velasco, Sherry M. (Sherry Marie), – Lesbians in early modern Spain / Sherry Velasco. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.  ---- (cloth edition : alk. paper) . Lesbians—Spain—istory—th century. . Lesbians—Spain—istory—th century. . Lesbianism—Spain—istory. I. Title. ..  .'—dc 
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Naming the Silent Sin Legal, Medical, and Religious Approaches to Lesbians in Early Modern Spain Criminal Lesbians Transgender Lesbian Celebrities Special Friendships in the Convent Lesbian Desire on Center Stage Looking Like a Lesbian
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