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Introduction: Figuring Early Modern Sex

Will Stockton and James M. Bromley

1. "Invisible Sex!": What Looks Like the Act in Early Modern Drama?

Christine Varnado

2. Death and Theory: Or, the Problem of Counterfactual Sex

Kathryn Schwarz

3. Spectacular Impotence: Or, Things that Hardly Ever Happen in the Critical History of Pornography

Melissa J. Jones

4. "Unmanly Passion": Sodomitical Self-Fashioning in John Ford's The Lover's Melancholy and Perkin Warbeck

Nicholas F. Radel

5. The Erotics of Chin-chucking in Seventeenth-Century England

Will Fisher

6. Rimming the Renaissance

James M. Bromley

7. Animal, Vegetable, Sexual: Metaphor in John Donne's "Sappho to Philaenis" and Andrew Marvell's "The Garden"

Stephen Guy-Bray

8. Aping Rape: Animal Ravishment and Sexual Knowledge in Early Modern England

Holly Dugan

9. The Seduction of Milton's Lady: Rape, Psychoanalysis, and the Erotics of Consumption in "Comus"

Will Stockton

10 "How human life began": Sexual Reproduction in Book 8 of Paradise Lost

Thomas H. Luxon


Valerie Traub



About the Author

James M. Bromley is assistant professor of English at Miami University. He is the author of Intimacy and Sexuality in the Age of Shakespeare.

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