Sexuality, Property, and Culture in Early Modern England
(Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994 ), 191–9; Bruce Smith, Homosexual Desire in
Shakespeare’s England (Chicago: University of
Chicago Press, 1991, 2nd edition 1994 ),
Glynne Wickham, Herbert Berry, and William
the possible range of
Shakespeare’s own sexuality, not much. Shakespeare’s
admiration for and vindication of Christopher Marlowe shines out
like golden thread in the fabric of As You Like It.
Marlowe’s ghost and spirit whisper among the branches of the
Forest of Arden. Shakespeare’s tribute to his ‘Dead
Shepheard’ is a glowing exemplar of the devotion of
Press, 2007 ), p. 165.
See Meek, Narrating the Visual , pp.
Barbara Johnson, Mother Tongues: Sexuality,
Trials, Motherhood, Translation (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard
University Press, 2003 ), p. 62
See also Peter B. Erickson, ‘Patriarchal
Structures in The Winter’s Tale ’, PMLA ,
97:5 (1982), 819–29, Valerie Traub, Desire and Anxiety:
Circulations of Sexuality in Shakespearean Drama (London and
New York: Routledge, 1992 ), pp. 44–9,
and Janet Adelman, Suffocating Mothers: Fantasies of Maternal
Origin in Shakespeare’s Plays