Edward II (New Mermaids)
Marlowe's play retains its power to shock even today, and this editiongives full value to its three overriding themes of sexual favouritism,political confrontation and sheer cruelty. Critics in the last twentyyears, who have focused on the overtly sexual relationship betweenEdward and his... show more
Marlowe's play retains its power to shock even today, and this editiongives full value to its three overriding themes of sexual favouritism,political confrontation and sheer cruelty. Critics in the last twentyyears, who have focused on the overtly sexual relationship betweenEdward and his favourite Gaveston, have hailed it as a 'gay classic';earlier interpretations concentrated rather on the deposition by hissubjects of a weak king, reading it in tandem with Shakespeare'sRichard II. The introduction shows how the play works to give theaudience an equal emotional commitment to opposing points of view andconcludes that this is what makes Edward II such an uncomfortable andchallenging play.
Publish date: August 9th 2005
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, 16th Century
My first encounter with this play was a movie that I watched once on SBS (the Special Broadcasting Commission for you non-Australians – this television station specialises in foreign and art-house programs, and soccer, however it has earned the moniker of 'Sex before Soccer' because a lot of the for...
bookshelves: published-1594, play-dramatisation, summer-2010, re-read, spring-2012, paper-read, winter-20122013, film-only Read from June 10, 2010 to December 31, 2012, read count: 3 ** spoiler alert ** third visit is the Jarman film: http://youtu.be/P0rCQhqYc2wHaving got to Edward II in The Thre...
third visit is the Jarman film: http://youtu.be/P0rCQhqYc2w----------------Having got to Edward II in [b:The Three Edwards|401930|The Three Edwards (The Plantagenets, #3)|Thomas B. Costain|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1174447088s/401930.jpg|391324] I thought I would take a break and listen to this a...
According to Christopher Marlowe, Edward II was a dude who only thought with his penis. Not my favorite subject matter. Lightborn was cool, though. [First read, October 2008]
I love Marlowe. He was more popular than Shakespeare in his time, and his plays are more bombastic, more in-your-face, less subtle. Edward II is maybe Marlowe's most lurid, and it's my favorite.