A Fair Youth in the Forest of Arden: Reading Gender and Desire in As You Like It and Shakespeare's Sonnets

Rudd, Amanda
January 2009
Journal of the Wooden O Symposium;2009, Vol. 9, p106
Academic Journal
A literary criticism of the representation of gender and desire in the play "As You Like It," William Shakespeare is presented. It highlights a challenge to orthodox constructions of gender posed by the play. It explains the absence of homosexual characters in the play. The link between the development of ideal country love and the introduction of the fair youth to the Forest of Arden in England is also discussed.


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