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date: 12 July 2020

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‘Shakespeare. Same-sex. Marriage.’ looks at the relationship between feminist and gay and lesbian criticism of Shakespeare over the last three decades, particularly as it concerns the relationship between same-sex relations and marriage and the family. It examines this relationship both in the context of contemporary historiography—how historians have conceived of marriage and the family in Shakespeare’s lifetime—and contemporary feminist and gay/lesbian and queer politics—how scholars have seen marriage as the antithesis of homosexuality, and, more recently as its happy apotheosis. Throughout, the essay focuses on marriage’s surprisingly stable role not only as the central organizing principle of social life, but as the terminus for most forms of gender and sexual freedom.

Keywords: Shakespeare, same-sex, marriage, homosexuality, family, literary criticism

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