Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS)

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Summer 2001


I’ve just finished teaching an undergraduate Shakespeare class at Baruch College—CUNY to a class of mostly business majors. For many of the students, English is not their first language, so predictably, they had some trouble parsing Shakespeare's text. But they had no difficulty at all understanding what was going on between Patroclus and Achilles in Troilus and Cressida, or, arguably, between Antonio and Sebastian—or Olivia and Viola or Orsino and Cesario—in Twelfth Night. In general, they were not in the slightest surprised to find homoeroticism in the works of the Greatest Writer Ever. (Indeed, critically analyzing Bardolatry was a harder sell.) It had been some years since I had taught an undergraduate Shakespeare course, and I was astonished by the sea-change.


This article was originally published in CLAGSNews, vol. 11, no. 2.



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