You can like the life you’re living, you can live the life you like: an exploration into the representation of femininity in musical theatre

Buck, Emily (2012) You can like the life you’re living, you can live the life you like: an exploration into the representation of femininity in musical theatre. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This thesis aims to highlight the ways in which women have been represented throughout history in the genre of musical theatre. While the position of women in society has changed according to the waves of feminism, so too has the ways in which they are depicted in art, literature and theatre. With reference to Desnain’s writing of the good woman/ bad woman dichotomy, this thesis offers an analysis of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (1934), in particular, the character of Hope Harcourt. While recognising the stereotypical portrayal of the submissive feminine character, this thesis also examines ways in which women have been portrayed as the empowered protagonist of the plot in more contemporary musicals, in particular, Chicago (1975). This thesis also draws upon notions of fantasy with reference to the work of Sigmund Freud and Laura Mulvey.
    As well as referring to various representations of femininity, this thesis will also explore typical settings offered in the musical theatre genre. Thus offering a suggestion as to how particular settings support or oppose stereotypical notions of femininity, specifically the prison setting in Chicago. For this analysis I will refer to the work of Michel Foucault. Finally, by reflecting upon the ways in which women have been represented in musical theatre throughout the waves of feminism, this thesis aims to suggest the ways in which women are now portrayed in the era of post-feminism.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 15:15
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14053

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