Shakespeare and Queer Representation



In this engaging and accessible guidebook, Stephen Guy-Bray uses queer theory to argue that in many of Shakespeare’s works representation itself becomes queer.

Shakespeare often uses representation, not just as a lens through which to tell a story, but as a textual tool in itself. Shakespeare and Queer Representation includes a thorough introduction that discusses how we can define queer representation, with each chapter developing these theories to examine works that span the entire career of Shakespeare, including his sonnets, Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, King John, Macbeth, and Cymbeline. The book highlights the extent to which Shakespeare’s works can be seen to anticipate, and even to extend, many of the insights of the latest developments in queer theory.

This thought-provoking and evocative book is an essential guide for students studying Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, gender studies, and queer literary theory.

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About the Author

Stephen Guy-Bray specializes in Renaissance poetry, queer theory, and poetics. His most recent monograph is Shakespeare and Queer Representation. He is now finishing a monograph on line endings in Renaissance poetry and is working on articles and book chapters on Katherine Philips, on Edmund Spenser and Roland Barthes, on gender in Sidney’s Arcadia and on sonnet couplets. He is beginning a new book on Shakespeare’s sonnets in the 21st century.

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