Sexual Suspects: 18th-Century Players & Sexual Ideology

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From the Restoration through the eighteenth century, the sexuality of actors and actresses was written about in ways that stirred the public imagination: actors were frequently suspected of heterosexual promiscuity or labeled effeminate or even as "sodomites, " and actresses were often viewed as prostitutes or sexually ambivalent victims of their profession. This depiction of players, argues Kristina Straub, greatly shaped public debates over what made women feminine and men masculine. Considering a wide range of literature ...

Sexual Suspects: 18th-Century Players & Sexual Ideology 1992, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691015156

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