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Sodometries: Renaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities

Jonathan Goldberg


This book is about representations of sodomy. While most of the texts it considers are literary — works by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser, among others — it is framed by political considerations, notably the 1986 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bowers v. Hardwick that denied any constitutional act to private consensual acts that the court termed “homosexual sodomy” and the rhetoric attaching sodomy to Saddam Hussein in the initial U.S. war in Iraq. The book takes as axiomatic Foucault's description of sodomy as “that utterly confused category.” Without collapsing questions of historical differen ... More

Keywords: sodomy, literary texts, U.S. Supreme Court, Bowers v. Hardwick, Saddam Hussein, sodometries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780823232215
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823232215.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Goldberg, author
Department of English, Emory University

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