Shakespeare and Queer Representation by Stephen Guy-Bray

Shakespeare and Queer Representation by Stephen Guy-Bray


In this engaging and accessible guidebook, Stephen Guy-Bray uses queer theory to argue that in many of Shakespeare’s works representation itself becomes queer.


Shakespeare often uses representation, not just as a lens through which to tell a story, but as a textual tool in itself. Shakespeare and Queer Representation includes a thorough introduction that discusses how we can define queer representation, with each chapter developing these theories to examine works that span the entire career of Shakespeare, including his sonnets, Venus and AdonisThe Rape of LucreceKing JohnMacbeth, and Cymbeline. The book highlights the extent to which Shakespeare’s works can be seen to anticipate, and even to extend, many of the insights of the latest developments in queer theory.


This thought-provoking and evocative book is an essential guide for students studying Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, gender studies, and queer literary theory. Stephen Guy-Bray is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia, Canada.



  • Details

    Imprint: Routledge

    Publication Date: 10 July 2020

    ISBN: 9781138389618

    Pages: 206

    Format: Paperback