Status, Sodomy, and the Theater in Marlowe's Edward II

@article{Stymeist2004StatusSA,
  title={Status, Sodomy, and the Theater in Marlowe's Edward II},
  author={David H. Stymeist},
  journal={SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900},
  year={2004},
  volume={44},
  pages={233 - 253}
}
  • D. Stymeist
  • Published 18 May 2004
  • Art
  • SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
While critics of Marlowe's Edward II have seen the play as an "unwitting tribute" to the dominant ideology or an iconoclastic rewriting of sexual politics, sodomy in the play constitutes a pragmatic strategy of representational ambivalence. On one level, Edward II condemns male homoeroticism when it is specifically combined with issues of status; in this guise, the play's apparent allegiance with legal, popular, and religious prejudice against sodomy functions to partially defuse antitheatrical… 
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