Onsider the relationship between homosocial and homoerotic in The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

Learning outcomes.
1. show understanding of the dramatic precursors to Shakespeareas work;

2. understand the nature of theatre and performance during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods;

3. understand key ideological undercurrents affecting gender and power relations in the dramatic work of the period;

4. discuss and evaluate stage performances of the plays;

5. write accurately, clearly and effectively;

Referencing Requirements:
* Joseph Pequigney, a?The Two Antonios and Same-Sex Love in Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venicea in Shakespeare and Gender: A History, ed. by Deborah Barker and Ivo Kamps (London: Verso, 1992).
* Alan Sinfield, a?How to Read The Merchant of Venice Without Being Heterosexista in Alternative Shakespeares: Volume 2, ed. by Terence Hawkes (London: Routledge, 1996), pp. 122-39.
* James OaRourke, a?Racism and Homophobia in The Merchant of Venicea, Journal of English Literary History, 70 (2003), pp. 375-97.