The Friend in <i>Cardenio, Double Falsehood</i>, and <i>Don Quixote</i>

Huw Griffiths

in The Quest for Cardenio

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641819
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191749025 | DOI:
The Friend in Cardenio, Double Falsehood, and Don Quixote

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Double Falsehood is a story of love, but also of loss. Theobald’s play alters many details from the assumed source of the original, the Cardenio narrative in Cervantes’s Don Quixote, available to Fletcher and Shakespeare in Shelton’s 1612 translation. This chapter argues that some of these changes are the result of altered understandings of the relationships between friendship, sexuality, and class as represented on the public stage, and particularly the loss of passionately physical expressions of male friendship, common in the earlier period. Those differences are traced across all these interrelated texts, and other relevant plays, in the service of illuminating a shifting politico-erotic territory in which substantial changes occurred in the relationships between homosociality, homoeroticism, and the figure of the ‘friend’.

Keywords: Shakespeare; Cardenio; Theobald; Cervantes; homoeroticism; friendship; heterosexuality

Chapter.  8397 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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