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Fall 2019
Nov 17, 2019
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ENAM 0419 - Gender,Power,Politics on Stage
*Gender, Power, and Politics on the Early Modern Stage (I) (Pre-1800)* In this class we will explore the representation of gendered embodiment on the early modern stage, considering as we do so how theatrical embodiment intersects with other treatments of the body in early modern culture. We will read both early modern and contemporary theoretical accounts of gender as performance, investigating among other issues the use of boy actors, the representation of specifically “female” disorders (e.g., “suffocation” or hysteria), the performance of maternity, and the treatment of same-sex eroticism. Of particular importance will be the representation of the articulate or angry woman as the “shrew” or “scold,” and we will begin the class with an investigation of so-called “shrew-taming” narratives. Primary readings will include: Shakespeare’s /The Taming of the Shrew/ and /The Winter’s Tale/, Webster’s /Duchess of Malfi/, and Cavendish’s /Convent of Pleasure/. We will end the semester with a look at how this material plays out in our current political moment, focusing in particular on the representation of Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Christine Blasey Ford. 3 hrs. sem.
0.000 OR 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 2.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Discussion, Screening, Seminar

Literature Division
English & American Literatures Department

Course Attributes:
EUR, LIT


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