Re-Configuring Early Modern Friendship: Katherine Philips and Homoerotic Desire

  title={Re-Configuring Early Modern Friendship: Katherine Philips and Homoerotic Desire},
  author={Harriette Andreadis},
  journal={SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900},
  pages={523 - 542}
  • Harriette Andreadis
  • Published 17 August 2006
  • Art, History
  • SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
This essay examines anew Katherine Philips's considerable debt to the discourse of male friendship so pervasive in early modern translations of the classics and in the English treatises derived from them. That debt is apparent in the ideology of the union of the souls of friends—in the notion of soul fusion—that animates her poetry and in the friendships memorialized in her letters to "Berenice" and Sir Charles Cotterell. The essay argues that Philips was committed to bringing the precepts of… 
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