Introducing Shakespeare: A Graphic Guide - Nick Groom, Piero 2013
It was suggested as early as 1824 that Shakespeare may have been homosexual, but Queer Theory (Gay criticism) finds little to say about the plays …
THOUGH THERE ARE OF COURSE NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS … RICHARD II AND CORIOLANUS. BUT IT IS INTERESTINGLY FOCUSED ON THE SONNETS AND THEIR ROLE IN HOMO-SEXUAL EMANCIPATION … ESPECIALLY IN THE HANDS OF OSCAR WILDE DURING HIS TRIAL.
Although the Sonnets are really “pre-homosexual”, their critical heritage is of great interest in the genesis of 20th-century homosexual politics.