This publication explores representations of affection and hope among woman characters in approximately seventy performs written among 1580 and 1660. The paintings argues that playwrights of past due 16th- and early seventeenth-century England famous and built richly various tropes of lady homoerotic wish. Writers position girl characters in erotic occasions with different woman characters in playful eventualities of fallacious identification, in fearful moments of amorous intrigue, in predatory occasions and in enthusiastic, utopian representations of romantic love. those performs point out an wisdom of woman homoeroticism in early glossy England and belie statements that literary proof of homosexuality was once involved essentially with males.

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