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Re: Gay Merchant
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1074.  Sunday, 26 October 1997.

[1]     From:   Julia MacKenzie <
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        Date:   Saturday, 25 Oct 1997 08:51:32 +1000
        Subj:   Gay Merchant

[2]     From:   Steven Marx <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Oct 1997 16:23:55 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1070 Q: Gay Merchant

[3]     From:   Louis C Swilley <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Oct 1997 21:38:12 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1070 Q: Gay Merchant


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From:           Julia MacKenzie <
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Date:           Saturday, 25 Oct 1997 08:51:32 +1000
Subject:        Gay Merchant

Dear All,

Troy Swartz posted a question about articles that treat the relationship
between Antonio and Bassanio as a homosexual one.  I have recently come
across one by Joseph Pequigney called 'The Two Antonios and Same-Sex
Love in Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice', in the book edited by
Deborah E. Barker and Ivo Kamps (1995) - "Shakespeare and Gender - A
History", published by Verso, London & New York.

Regards
Julia MacKenzie

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From:           Steven Marx <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Oct 1997 16:23:55 -0700
Subject: 8.1070 Q: Gay Merchant
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1070 Q: Gay Merchant

On Antonio and Bassanio, Richard Levin's "Odd Man Out" in _Love and
Society in Shakespeare's Comedy_ has an illuminating treatment of the
topic.

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From:           Louis C Swilley <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Oct 1997 21:38:12 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 8.1070 Q: Gay Merchant
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1070 Q: Gay Merchant

Would it make any difference in the argument of the play that the
relationship between the two men was homosexual rather than homoerotic?
(Is the relationship between Bassanio and Portia heteroerotic rather
than heterosexual, and would *that* make any difference in the play?).
Surely this play is about loving relationships that transcend
physical/sexual urges? This is no Antony & Cleopatra.

L. Swilley
 

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