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Title: Gender and Cross-dressing in the Seventeenth Century: Margaret Cavendish Reads Shakespeare
Authors: Cottegnies, Line
Keywords: Shakespeare
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Roma : Carocci
Citation: Cottegnies, Line. “Gender and Cross-dressing in the Seventeenth Century: Margaret Cavendish Reads Shakespeare.” «Testi e linguaggi» 7(2013): 257-266. [Studi monografici. Letteratura in performance, a cura di A. D’Amelia e A. Piazza]
Abstract: Is there a woman in Shakespeare? This might sound facetious, but it is not so outlandish in the context of boy actors. Elizabethan drama was after all designed and stagemanaged by men mostly for men. In this context, is there an “essential” woman on the stage? In this essay, I examine issues of gender and sexual identity in Shakespeare’s drama by looking at how one particular woman reader of the seventeenth century, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, perceived femininity in his plays. In particular, I look at what can be read as a commentary on the ambivalent ending of Measure for Measure in her own Convent of Pleasure (1668) to try and offer a contextualized reflection on notions of gender expectations, and issues of reception.
ISSN: 1974-2886
Appears in Collections:Testi e linguaggi. Vol.7 (2013)

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