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The Quest for CardenioShakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play$
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David Carnegie and Gary Taylor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.001.0001

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The Friend in Cardenio, Double Falsehood, and Don Quixote

The Friend in Cardenio, Double Falsehood, and Don Quixote

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(p.239) 12 The Friend in Cardenio, Double Falsehood, and Don Quixote
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The Quest for Cardenio
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Huw Griffiths

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.003.0012

Double Falsehood is a story of love, but also of loss. Theobald’s play alters many details from the assumed source of the original, the Cardenio narrative in Cervantes’s Don Quixote, available to Fletcher and Shakespeare in Shelton’s 1612 translation. This chapter argues that some of these changes are the result of altered understandings of the relationships between friendship, sexuality, and class as represented on the public stage, and particularly the loss of passionately physical expressions of male friendship, common in the earlier period. Those differences are traced across all these interrelated texts, and other relevant plays, in the service of illuminating a shifting politico-erotic territory in which substantial changes occurred in the relationships between homosociality, homoeroticism, and the figure of the ‘friend’.

Keywords:   Shakespeare, Cardenio, Theobald, Cervantes, homoeroticism, friendship, heterosexuality

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