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By Tracy Fessenden, Nicholas F. Radel, Magdalena J. Zaborowska

From witch trials to pickaxe murderers, from brothels to convents, and from slavery to Toni Morrison’s Paradise, those essays offer attention-grabbing and provocative insights into our sexual and non secular conventions and ideology.

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In Henry Abelove, Michele Aine Barale, and David M. , The Gay and Lesbian Studies Reader (New York: Routledge, 1993), 420. 19. D'Emilio and Freedman, Intimate Matters, 52, 29. 20. Hall, Worlds of Wonder, 184. 21. See Daniel A. Cohen, Pillars of Salt, Monuments of Grace: New England Crime Literature and the Origins of American Popular Culture, 1674-1869 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993). 22. Cotton Mather, Wonders of the Invisible World (Boston: John Smith, 1862), II. 23. Dunn and Yeandle, Journal ofIohn Winthrop, xix.

A similar anxiety motivates Samuel Parris's original crying out against the witch in Salem Village. As the minister of Salem's First Congregational Church, Parris's livelihood was directly threatened by the witch, who challenged a metaphysical privilege that was, in practice if not in theory, limited to the ministers' tight control. Transgression, in this case, implied a most logically Protestant point-spiritual self-possession would have ultimately done away with ministers entirely. It was for this possibility, we recall, that Anne Hutchinson was banished.

Dunn and Yeandle, Journal ofJohn Winthrop, 192. 63- Edmund S. " (review of Patricia U. 4 (1998): 21. 64· AI Kamen, Washington Post, 3 February 1999, A15. 65. Colacurcio, Doctrine and Difference, 210. ASodom Within Historicizing Puritan Homoerotics in the Diary of Michael Wigglesworth Nicholas F. [ oj recent understandings of the history of sexuality, it has become increasingly difficult to see the connections between premodern sexual acts and modem sexual subjectivities. As many scholars have shown, sodomy and modem homosexuality are discrete categories for regulating particular types of unauthorized sexualities, and their overlap cannot be simply assumed or easily demonstrated.

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