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Romanticism on the Net

Numéro 36-37, novembre 2004, février 2005

Queer Romanticism

Sous la direction de Michael O'Rourke et David Collings

Direction : Michael Eberle-Sinatra (directeur)

Éditeur : Université de Montréal

ISSN : 1467-1255 (numérique)

DOI : 10.7202/011137ar

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Some of my Best Friends are Romanticists: Shelley and the Queer Project in Romanticism

Amanda Berry

American University


“Was Percy Bysshe Shelley Gay?” This essay first explores the quality and effects of the question, recently posed both in an internet gay magazine, Gay Today, and to the academic discussion list associated with the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, NASSR-L. The power of this question to interrupt discussion among critics in the field, despite ongoing work in queer Romanticism, suggests that identity politics still shapes many of the necessary debates in both Romanticism and critical sexuality studies. The essay further generates a model of queer analysis as it traces Shelley’s conversion of the historical Count Cenci’s acts of sodomy into what Shelley regards as “a very poetical circumstance,” incest. Shelley imagines a complex alibi with which he shapes his own intense curiosity about intimacy between men into a set of effects found in his writing during his earliest time in Italy, while he was translating Plato’s Symposium (“for Mary”), composing a supplemental essay on Greek Love, and writing The Cenci.

Auteur : Amanda Berry
Titre : Some of my Best Friends are Romanticists: Shelley and the Queer Project in Romanticism
Revue : Romanticism on the Net, Numéro 36-37, novembre 2004, février 2005
URI : http://id.erudit.org/iderudit/011137ar
DOI : 10.7202/011137ar

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