[ilds] Modern Bisexual Love and Beyond

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Thu Jun 5 16:42:35 PDT 2014


Well, it would certainly change how we read the Sonnets if Shakespeare 
had lovers of two genders.  And that's certainly how Durrell understood 
the Sonnets.

On 2014-06-05, 2:50 PM, Marc Piel wrote:
> What can it prove or not whether WS was Homo or not.... Does it change
> something about his creativity or otherwise......????????
> @+
> Marc
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> 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
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>> 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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