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"Shakespeare's Hidden Lesbians"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2248  Friday, 28 September 2001

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Sep 2001 23:04:04 -0400
        Subj:   "Shakespeare's Hidden Lesbians"

[2]     From:   Thomas Larque <
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        Date:   Friday, 28 Sep 2001 09:34:28 +0100
        Subj:   "Shakespeare's Hidden Lesbians"


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 Sep 2001 23:04:04 -0400
Subject:        "Shakespeare's Hidden Lesbians"

For the story in the Guardian, go to

http://www.observer.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,545621,00.html

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From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Friday, 28 Sep 2001 09:34:28 +0100
Subject:        "Shakespeare's Hidden Lesbians"

An article in the British Observer Newspaper on 2 September referred to
Dr.  Theodora Jankowski's theory that many of Shakespeare's female
characters were involved in lesbian relationships - including (from the
Observer article) Cleopatra, Titania, Hermione, Portia and Beatrice.

See http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4249213,00.html

I have ordered the book in which Jankowski's chapter appears (Dympna
Callaghan's "Feminist Companion to Shakespeare", which has just come out
in paperback in the UK) and already have in my library a few similar
claims from earlier writers, but I am interested in writing a detailed
response to these claims and would therefore like to get hold of as many
articles, essays and books making claims for lesbianism in Shakespeare's
plays as I possibly can.  I would be very grateful if SHAKSPEReans would
suggest any relevant works that I might usefully look into.

Thomas Larque.

"Shakespeare and His Critics"
http://ds.dial.pipex.com/thomas_larque

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