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The Transvestite Stage: More on the Case of Christopher Marlowe

Jonathan Goldberg

in Sodometries

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232215
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241217 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823232215.003.0004
The Transvestite Stage: More on the Case of Christopher Marlowe

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Transvestism, homosexuality, voyeurism, sadism: these would seem to be Gosson's charges as well. Had Marlowe's play not been written some dozen years after his tract, one might suppose Gosson had it in mind; the relationship is not merely the reverse, however, for an “answer” to the antitheatricallists, Gaveston's speech rehearses and repeats, virtually embraces, their charges — along with others, that associated the court with profligacy, and Italy with vice. “Bugeria is an Italian word”, the learned Justice Coke would write in his Laws of England; sodomy was an Italian vice.

Keywords: transvestism; homosexuality; sadism; voyeurism; Gosson; Christopher Marlowe; profligacy; vice; sodomy

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Subjects: Literature

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