[ilds] Modern Bisexual Love and Beyond

Marc Piel marc at marcpiel.fr
Thu Jun 5 14:50:59 PDT 2014


What can it prove or not whether WS was Homo or 
not.... Does it change something about his 
creativity or otherwise......????????
@+
Marc


Le 05/06/14 20:49, Bruce Redwine a écrit :
> James,
>
> I'd definitely like to see that "more on that." 
>  Stephen Greenblatt in his biography, /Will in 
> the World/ (2004), is too guarded to draw any 
> firm conclusions about Shakespeare's sexuality 
> or bisexuality.  He calls the Earl of 
> Southampton Shakespeare's "possible lover" (p. 
> 308), who was nine and half years younger than 
> WS.  All this is based on inference and textual 
> analysis --- no hard "proof."  But Greenblatt 
> does make this general comment about Renaissance 
> England:  "Elizabethans acknowledged the 
> existence of same-sex desire; indeed, it was in 
> a certain sense easier for them to justify than 
> heterosexual desire" (p. 253).  Since Durrell 
> saturated himself in Elizabethan literature, he 
> surely picked up on this attitude, especially as 
> it appealed to his revolt against the England of 
> his time.  That's another reason for lamenting 
> the great loss of Durrell's proposed study of 
> the "Elizas."
>
> Bruce
>
>
> On Jun 5, 2014, at 9:49 AM, James Gifford 
> <james.d.gifford at gmail.com 
> <mailto:james.d.gifford at gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>> On 2014-06-05, 9:29 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>>> Some readers think
>>> Shakespeare was gay (Marlowe apparently was) 
>>> on the basis of the
>>> /Sonnets/ and the dedication to "Mr. W. H." 
>>>  No proof there but a lot of
>>> food for thought.
>>
>> Old D was certainly among the crowd that read 
>> Shakespeare as bisexual. More on that in 
>> December...
>>
>> -J
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