(Rare) Allusions to the Nefarious Sin in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Literature
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
Dr. Mel Allan Penrose
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages and Communications, Texas A&M University (campus at Prairie View)