Hero and Leander (poem) | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by M. Morgan Holmes

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of Hero and Leander (poem).
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Critical Essay by M. Morgan Holmes

SOURCE: Holmes, M. Morgan. “Identity and the Dissidence It Makes: Homoerotic Nonsense in Kit Marlowe's Hero and Leander.English Studies in Canada 21, no. 2 (June 1995): 151-69.

In the following essay, Holmes examines Marlowe's portrayal of homosexual desire in Hero and Leander.

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Generations of audiences, readers, and critics have proved that few species of literary dissidence can rival the unsettling force of Marlovian homoerotic desire.1 Christopher Marlowe's homoerotic dissidence ranges from a rather mild, titillating naughtiness—as in “The passionate Sheepheard to his love”—to an outright thwarting of English law and custom—as in Edward II. What unites these two instances across a spectrum of transgressions is an opposition to the definition of individual identity through the discourse of exclusive and immutable sexual desire...

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