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Apr 13, 2022

In this week's mini-episode, we are taking a slight departure from the plays of William Shakespeare to look at another play, Gallatea by John Lyly. We are joined in conversation by Dr. Simone Chess of Wayne State University to discuss the play's significance in Early Modern Queer and Trans Studies. 

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Shakespeare Anyone? is created and produced by Kourtney Smith and Elyse Sharp.

Note: When this episode was recorded, Kourtney Smith was using the stage name "Korey Leigh Smith".

Music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.

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Works referenced:

Chess, Simone. Gallathea Introduction for The Show Must Go Online, 29 Mar. 2022. 

Chess, Simone. “Or whatever you be: Crossdressing, Sex, and Gender Labor in John Lyly’s Gallathea,” Special Issue: Sex Acts in the Early Modern World, Renaissance and Reformation. Vol 38, No 4 (2015), pp.145-166.

Frankland, Emma, and Andy Kesson. “‘Perhaps John Lyly Was a Trans Woman?": An Interview about Performing Galatea's Queer, Transgender Stories.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, University of Pennsylvania Press, 24 Sept. 2020,

Lyly, John. “Gallathea.” Edited by Meaghan Brown et al., A Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama, Folger Shakespeare Library, 21 July 2017,