Sexual Suspects

Sexual Suspects 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 heterosexua

  • Title: Sexual Suspects
  • Author: Kristina Straub
  • ISBN: 9780691068985
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 depictionFrom 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 by or about players pamphlets, newspaper reports, theatrical histories, biographies, as well as the public correspondence between Alexander Pope and the famous actor Colley Cibber she examines the formation of gender roles and sexual identities during a period crucial to modern thinking on these issues Drawing from feminist materialist and gay and lesbian theories and historiographies, Straub analyzes the complex development of spectacle and spectatorship as gendered concepts She also reveals how national, racial, and class differences contributed to the subjection of players as professional spectacles and how images of race, class, and gender combined to create divisions between normal and deviant sexuality.

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