[ilds] Modern Bisexual Love and Beyond

Lee Sternthal lalexsternthal at gmail.com
Thu Jun 5 22:45:55 PDT 2014


"Fox news," "racism," "privilege..." Some of you really throw around the semantics (and assumptions) when you don't hear what you want from a stranger.  It really stiphles.  Relax.




> On Jun 5, 2014, at 10:14 PM, Kennedy Gammage <gammage.kennedy at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Just reading Douglas Bush’s introduction to the sonnets in my Complete Pelican Shakespeare (reprinted in 1975, back when I started college)…it appears that readers have known for more than 400 years that there have been ‘problems’ about the ‘dedication’ and the ‘story,’ etc. In other words, about the sexuality of the sonnets! James pointed out a key instance, which I just read for myself: if you read sonnet 20 (“master-mistress of my passion”) and then read the famous sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”) – the immediate effect is to say whoa! This famous sonnet is not necessarily dedicated to a woman! Do you think Durrell was unaware of this, or in disagreement with this?
> 
> Is it gossip? Gender politics? Maybe if Fox News had a show about English Literature – but no! Of course not! This is important, and crucial to the understanding what we are reading. Is WS writing about an ‘aardvark’? I don’t think so…
> 
> - Ken
> 
> 
> 
>> On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 10:03 PM, Odos <odos.fanourios at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > By the way, James, what is your source for saying
>> > Durrell gave a bisexual reading to the Sonnets?
>> 
>> "l'Amour, clef de mystere" -- it's based on Durrell's UNESCO lectures.  There's more to say, but it will need to wait until December.
>> 
>> The citation for the text is in the excellent Zotero critical bibliography online through the ILDS website:
>> 
>> http://lawrencedurrell.org/wp_durrell/critical-bibliography/
>> 
>> I could just paste the citation, but then where's the fun?
>> 
>> Best,
>> James
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