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Edward II and a Literature of Same-sex Love : The Gay King in Fiction 1590-1640 / Michael G. Cornelius.

Author/Creator:
Cornelius, Michael G.
Publication:
Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, 2016.
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Book
ix, 291 p. ; 24 cm.
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Subjects:
Edward II, King of England, 1284-1327 -- In literature.
Edward II, King of England, 1284-1327.
Homosexuality in literature.
English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism.
English literature -- Middle English.
Literature.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Summary:
When one sees the name Edward II, one also sees his same-sex loves; this correlation between Edward and sexuality has become ingrained into our public recall of history. This text explores the discourses of sexuality that surround Edward II in Renaissance-era works by Marlowe, Drayton, Hubert, Cary, and Niccols, arguing that, as a result of this very public conversation, Edward II emerges as a unique construction of an identity based on same-sex desire - the veritable once (and future) gay king.
Contents:
1. Sexuality as silence : representing Edward II in medieval English literature
2. Sexuality as identity : a king, a lover, and a crisis of identity in Christopher Marlowe's Edward II
3. Sexuality as history : understanding Michael Drayton's obsession
4. Sexuality as (flawed) nature : "Let Edward be the subject of thy pen:" Augustinian character and contradiction in Sir Francis Hubert's The historie of Edward the Second
5. Sexuality as disease : identification and the role of "defense" in Elizabeth Cary's The history of the life, reign, and death of Edward II
6. Sexuality as (political, moral, cultural) exemplum? : the strange case of Edward II in Richard Niccols's Mirror for magistrates.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Contributor:
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library (University of Pennsylvania)
ISBN:
9781498534581
1498534589
OCLC:
953708468