(Rare) Allusions to the Nefarious Sin in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Literature

Dr. Mel Allan Penrose
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This paper delves into the topic of sodomitical acts, other same-sex sexual acts, homoeroticism, non-masculine male behavior, and hermaphroditism as represented in select texts of Spain from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. It will explore such authors as Juan Antonio Mercadal, Jose Clavijo y Fajardo and Serafin Estebanez Calderon. This paper argues that publicized Church/state trials of accused sodomites influenced the representation of same-sex romance and sexuality in these and other texts. The taboo nature of the subject caused some authors to refer to homoerotica in obscure or even coded terms.

Keywords: Spanish Literature, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Homoerotica, Nefarious Sin
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Mel Allan Penrose

Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages and Communications, Texas A&M University (campus at Prairie View)

I grew up in the city of Independence, Missouri, USA, a suburb of Kansas City. I attended William Chrisman High School, and from there went on to the University of Missouri, where I graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish. I went to work for a year as an International Sales Correspondent for Hyster Company. I decided that I loved the academic world too much to leave it, so back to school I went, earning my Master's degree in Spanish and Latin American literature from Kansas University. From there, I taught Spanish for two years in an outreach program in Louisiana. I realized then that I wanted to be teaching on campus, so I enrolled at UCLA, where I earned my doctorate in Hispanic Languages and Literatures in 2000.

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