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'Queering' the Bard: The World of Shakesqueer

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Shakesqueer author Madhavi Menon says Shakespeare can be "queered"... and queer theory can be "Shaken."
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Shakesqueer author Madhavi Menon says Shakespeare can be "queered"... and queer theory can be "Shaken."

Queer theory challenges all sorts of things, especially our ideas about our "natural" identities. American University literature professor Madhavi Menon takes this outside-the-box thinking and applies it to William Shakespeare in her new book, Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare. Rebecca Sheir talks with Menon about how she feels Shakespeare can be "queered," and how, in turn, queer theory can be "Shaken."

[Music: "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" by Cole Porter from Kiss Me, Kate: New Broadway Cast Recording]

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