The three books under review can be classified as queer theory on Renaissance subjects: Jonathan Goldberg's Seeds of Things, Holly Dugan's Ephemeral History of Perfume, and Will Stockton's Playing Dirty. The three books are very different: Goldberg's book considers the importance of Lucretius both to contemporary critical theory and to Renaissance literature, Dugan's work is a cultural studies look at some of the significant scents of the Renaissance world, and Stockton's book is a literary analysis that makes consistent use of psychoanalytic theory of (chiefly) Renaissance texts. Taken together, these books show the continued vitality and breadth of Renaissance queer studies.
1 October 2014
Stephen Guy-Bray; Early/Modern/Queer/Recent. GLQ 1 October 2014; 20 (4): 521–527. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-2721384
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