christopher marlowe's edward ii

anonymous asked:

do you have a queer reading list? or just some queer books/plays/etc that you'd recommend? (love the blog by the way 😊)


Fiction: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, Peter Darling by Austin Chant, Maurice by E. M. Forster, The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood, The Charioteer & The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault, Tipping the Velvet & Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Poetry: Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson, When My Brother Was An Aztec by Natalie Diaz, Meditations in an Emergency by Frank O'Hara, Crush by Richard Siken, Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, anything by Federico García Lorca, and this free collection at by Esdras Parra, trans. Jamie Berrout

Plays: The Captive by Édouard Bourdet, Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey, Angels in America by Tony Kushner, Edward II by Christopher Marlowe, and anything by Jean Cocteau or Tennessee Williams

Non-fiction: Auden in Love by Dorothy Farnan, Transgender Warriors by Leslie Feinberg, Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, Gender Failure by Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote, and any collection of letters between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

Back in 1970′s BBC was more LGBT friendly:

Here is the proof:

To be fair, all the clips are from BBC Edward II, actually a play written by Christopher Marlowe in Elizabethan period, the play was rather bold, full of homoerotic dialogues but did not contain any male-to-male kiss scene despite the as the main theme homosexuality  was blatant. The first acts centered round the love-relationship between king Edward II and his favourite Piers Gaveston ( X ) But the play staged and filmed by BBC in 1970 ( just after the restriction on theater was lifted), directed by  Richard Marquand, Toby Robertson explicitly showed loads of male-to-male kiss scenes and umm even one father-son lip-kiss( BTW, the father, I mean king Edward II was dead by then, the son Edward III kissed his dead father’s lips) :

And yes it happened for first time in TV. BBC was that bold then.

Actually there was no so-called agenda, no special effect, no editing in that performance. But the acting of the actors, specially of Sir Ian McKellen as King Edward II was an  experience worth watching.

Recently all the so-called LGBT themed shows in BBC like London Spy etc lack this depth, prone to depict only the dark sides or propagandist in nature. Ironically these shows are written by gay men. I mean come on, why gay people themselves are trapped in these kind of entrapping loops. Post-Aids era, 78% movies or TV shows are more or less repeating same contents disgustingly. 

Excuse my unedited post and language mistakes, I am very angry on the latest question on LGBT representation and BBC’s response for the viewers’ questions.

If anyone is interested, can watch this whole production in YouTube, Warning: Archaic language

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The mightiest kings have had their minions;
Great Alexander loved Hephaestion,
The conquering Hercules for Hylas wept;
And for Patroclus, stern Achilles drooped.
And not kings only, but the wisest men:
The Roman Tully loved Octavius,
Grave Socrates, wild Alcibiades.
—  Edward II, Christopher Marlowe
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Oh, snaps. Ian McKellen as Edward II