Masten, Jeffrey. Textual intercourse: collaboration, authorship and sexualities in Renaissance drama. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2008.
This book, the Textual intercourse, focuses on potential stories of Homosexual men within the 1600’s, prior to accurate and long-lasting note takings. It examines not only different languages use to represent the act of homosexual activities, but also reviews them with a sense that what they, the authors of the various publications, are hinting or even almost directly speaking about. This book even writes about the hierarchy of relationships, aligning male friendships even before those of a man and wife’s married or unmarried affairs, further proving the point that if there were relations between people who were not just men, it wasn’t written or talked about, which then makes future writings in our current time from Art Historians all that more complicated.
Yet ,with this in mind, can we, as people who review and examine art works for themselves, without direct author explaination, take slight hints to an artist’s alternative sexuality? Can we determine, from an exposed shoulder, or an adulterous glare from the main figure, that the artist was more interested in their models?
Reviewing these, I can see that myself, interpreting a person’s sexuality dependent on their works is almost impossible. However the lack of even an attempt for any of the few female creators in the earlier centuries just shows the hardening of the patriarchal society oppression.