Anne Barton, 18 August 1983
Show More Homosexuality in Renaissance England by Alan Bray.
Gay Men’s Press, 149 pp., £7.95, September 1982, 0 907040 16 0Show More
Comic Women, Tragic Men: A Study of Gender and Genre in Shakespeare by Linda Bamber.
Stanford, 211 pp., $18.50, June 1982, 0 8047 1126 7Show More
Still Harping on Daughters: Women and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare by Lisa Jardine.
Harvester, 202 pp., £18.95, June 1983, 0 7108 0436 9Show More
“... In Marlowe’s Edward II, the royal favourite Gaveston plans delicious entertainments which ‘may draw the pliant king which way I please’. He will introduce musicians to the court, ‘wanton poets’, Italian masques by night, and ‘pleasing shows’. Edward, walking abroad, is to encounter pages dressed as ‘sylvan nymphs’, and Sometime a lovely boy in Dian’s shape With hair that gilds the water as it glides, Crownets of pearl about his naked arms, And in his sportful hands an olive tree, To hide those parts which men delight to see, Shall bathe him in a spring ...”