Tackling female stereotypes from the Golden Age era: female empowerment in Stephen Sondheim's representations of the contemporary American woman

Murray, Eleanor (2016) Tackling female stereotypes from the Golden Age era: female empowerment in Stephen Sondheim's representations of the contemporary American woman. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation addresses the ways in which Sondheim liberates his female characters by creating complex compositions and lyrics that better reflect women of the day. Sondheim's better known musicals were written in an epoch where women had been gaining more rights in the home and work place but musical theatre was still displaying patriarchal stereotypes. With a feminist lens I explore characters mainly from the musicals Company (1970), A Little Night Music (l973) and Into the Woods (1987), referencing influential texts such as The Feminine Mystique (1963) and The Second Sex (l949) to aid my discussion. I break up the chapters with the categories of age and marital status to help discuss the matching stereotypes and present the differences that Sondheim's work presents.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 16:21
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 16:21
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22677

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