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Re: The Homoerotic
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0078.  Monday, 6 February 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Grant Moss <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 Feb 1995 09:48:08 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0069 Qs: Homoerotic
 
(2)     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 Feb 95 09:34:39 -0500
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From:           Grant Moss <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Feb 1995 09:48:08 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0069 Qs: Homoerotic
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0069 Qs: Homoerotic
 
Regarding the recent inquiry on homoeroticism in the sonnets I would suggest
the book "Queering the Renaissance," a collection of essays edited by (I think)
Jonathan Goldberg.  To the best of my knowledge, the debate still rages on, but
I think we need to be wary of trying to apply 20th-century standards and
definition of gayness to the 16th and 17th centuries, tempting though it often
is.  I don't mean to reject the idea of the sonnets and other works being
gay--they may very well be--but the fact that they sound like love letters to
someone in 1995 is not enough to establish anything definite.
 
Grant Moss
UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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Date:           Monday, 6 Feb 95 09:34:39 -0500
Subject: Qs: Homoerotic
Comment:        SHK 6.0069 Qs: Homoerotic
 
In addition to Jon Connolly's suggestions, I would highly recommend Bruce
Smith's *Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare's England.*
 
Chris Gordon
 

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