Discourses of gender; Shakespeare's women and their representation in 1nodem plays

Darmanin, Gabriella (2015) Discourses of gender; Shakespeare's women and their representation in 1nodem plays. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation explores the themes of gendered performance and death in relation to Shakespeare's tragedy plays. Invoking Sigmund Freud's theory of the death drive and Judith Butler s Performative Acts and Gender Constitution (2004), this dissertation will examine how actors empower the female characters offered by Shakespeare on the modem stage.
    The first two chapters will investigate how Shakespeare writes about death and focus on how the staged deaths of women were open to interpretation. These two chapters will set out the issue of female death in Shakespeare asking 'what does Shakespeare do that is problematic for modern audiences and the actors performing these characters?'. Chapter Three will explore the gap between the text and the actor examining how both female and male actors re-appropriate Shakespeare's female characters in modern-day-theatre. It will investigate how a drag performance of Shakespeare can empower a female character and dissolve gender constructions.
    This dissertation thus aims to further the understanding of the way actors can re-appropriate Shakespeare and how such performances of Shakespeare's works does more than the given text, emphasising the place for theatre and what it does for women in particular.

    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 Feb 2017 14:22
    Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 14:22
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22788

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