As You Like It | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Penny Gay

This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of As You Like It.
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Critical Essay by Penny Gay

SOURCE: “Call Me Ganymede,” in William Shakespeare: As You Like It, Northcote House, 1999, pp. 33-50.

In the following essay, Gay analyzes the meaning of gender within the context of Elizabethan theater.

Few critical issues in Shakespearean comedy have been discussed more energetically in the last twenty years than the question of what it meant to an Elizabethan audience to see boys playing the roles of women. For modern play-goers it is largely a dead issue … ; since the mid-seventeenth century the roles of Rosalind and Celia, Phebe and Audrey, have been claimed as their right by actresses who revel in the richness of Shakespeare's language and the potential for complex explorations of gender and sexuality that the roles allow.

There is an important distinction to be made here in the ideas about what it is...

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