This work argues that playwrights of late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England recognized and constructed richly diverse tropes of female homoerotic desire. Walen analyzes a significant body of dramatic texts, including Philaster, Hymen's Triumph, The Lover's Melancholy, The Doubtful Heir, A Christian Turn'd Turk, Orgula, and others.... texts also extol cross-dressed womena#39;s ingenious ability to avoid unacceptable male behavior like rape and forced marriage. The disguised heroine was a popular figure in story and song in the second half of sixteenth-century England and appeared within a ... trials she endured on his behalf, Apolonius marries her. 82 Richea#39;s second story with a crossdressed female character is aPhylotus and Emelia.
|Title||:||Constructions of Female Homoeroticism in Early Modern Drama|
|Publisher||:||Palgrave Macmillan - 2005-09-17|