Early Modern Colloquium: "Literosexuality: Queerer Book History through Early Modern Examples"
How might queer analysis better inform scholarship in the History of the Book? The lecture will focus on early modern English examples involving production, reception, and readership -- including the erotics of historiated initials, commonplacing activity, and the early readership of Christopher Marlowe's Edward II.
Jeffrey Masten teaches in the English Department and Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Northwestern University. He is the author of Textual Intercourse: Authorship, Collaboration, and Sexualities in Renaissance Drama (Cambridge), co-editor of Language Machines: Technologies of Literary and Cultural Production (Routledge), and editor of the collaborative play The Old Law in Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works (Oxford). His essays have appeared in ELH, GLQ, MLQ, Queering the Renaissance, Reading Mary Wroth, Shakespeare Studies, and Shakesqueer. He is currently preparing a new critical edition of Christopher Marlowe's Edward II for Arden Early Modern Drama.