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Queer Virgins and Virgin Queens on the Early Modern Stage Mary Bly

Queer Virgins and Virgin Queens on the Early Modern Stage

Mary Bly

Published June 1st 2000
ISBN : 9780198186991
Hardcover
224 pages
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This study looks at the early modern theatre through the lens of obscure and obscene puns - especially queer puns, those that carry homoerotic resonances and speak to homoerotic desires. In particular, it resurrects the operations of a small boysMoreThis study looks at the early modern theatre through the lens of obscure and obscene puns - especially queer puns, those that carry homoerotic resonances and speak to homoerotic desires. In particular, it resurrects the operations of a small boys company known as the first Whitefriars, which performed for about nine months in 1607-8. As a group, the plays performed by this company exhibit an unusually dense array of bawdy puns, whose eroticism is extremely interesting, given that the focus of eros is the male body. The laughter recoverable from Whitefriars plays harnesses the puns inherent doubleness to homoerotic pleasure- in these plays, the bawdy hand of the dial is always on the pricke of noone.