sexuality, Christopher Marlowe, gender expectations
This paper argues that Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II (1594) questions gender expectations and sexuality. The analysis finds that the same-sex attraction and affective relationship that develops between King Edward and Gaveston can be seen as neither simply sodomy nor exclusively as male friendship. Instead, the emotional bonds and marriage-like relationship between the king and his minion suggest that their identities are, in part, formed by their same-sex attraction.
Lee, Michael John
"Classifying Early Modern Sexuality: Christopher Marlowe, Edward II, and the Politics of Sexuality,"
Quidditas: Vol. 34
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/rmmra/vol34/iss1/5