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Queer Shakespeare: Desire and Sexuality by Goran Stanivukovic

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Draws together thirteen essays, which offer a major reassessment of the criticism of desire, body and sexuality in Shakespeare's drama and poetry. Bringing together some of the most prominent critics working at the intersection of Shakespeare criticism and queer theory, this collection demonstrates the vibrancy of queer Shakespeare studies. 

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Author: Goran Stanivukovic

Format: Paperback

Size: 128 mm x 198 mm

Pages: 405

Staff Review

Queer Shakespeare Desire & Sexuality contains thirteen essays by different writers which offer readings of Shakespeare focusing on a broad range of queer perspectives. These perspectives encompass not only desire, sexuality and gender, but expand ideas of queerness into concepts such as queer nature and queer language.

Topics range from an examination of the different types of love in Two Gentlemen of Verona and the location of queerness in Cymbeline, to a discussion of queer nature in Macbeth and the drawing of an analogy between homosexual sex and the practice of money-lending in The Merchant of Venice.

As with any collection of essays, some readings are more convincing than others, but all are interesting and thought-provoking and illustrate the variation in the many ways in which Shakespeare can be approached.

Review by Mel, Library & Archive Coordinator.