Women in musicals reflect gender stereotypes: using Judith Butler discuss the portrayal of women in Cole Porter's Anything goes and Kiss me, Kate

Boyce, Victoria (2016) Women in musicals reflect gender stereotypes: using Judith Butler discuss the portrayal of women in Cole Porter's Anything goes and Kiss me, Kate. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This thesis aims to comment on the gender stereotypes present in musical theatre focusing specifically on women. With reference to Judith Butlers 'Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity' I shall be examining the music in the Cole Porter's musicals Anything Goes (1934) and Kiss Me, Kate (1948). From Anything Goes I shall be looking in particular at the characters of Hope Harcourt and Reno Sweeney, discussing their differences and outcomes within the musical. And from Kiss Me, Kate I shall be looking at the characters of Lois Lane and Lilli Vanessi commenting on their similarities to gender stereotypes and how their characters evolve throughout the show.
    As well as referring to Judith Butler's Gender Troubles, I shall be looking at the Bechdel Test, applying it to these musicals to see if it can pass the rules it suggests. Thus offering suggestion to how the Bechdel Test shows the representation of women in these musicals. By observing their prominence within the musicals and the content of their roles we can get an overall understanding of the gender stereotypes they play.

    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 16:36
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 16:36
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22680

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