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Distinctly female: Shakespearean women and modern film


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

This thesis argues that performances based on traditional interpretations of Shakespearean women are incorrect because they were written for the limitations of the boy-player used in Elizabethan theater. These performances are not portrayals of distinct females. The portrayal of women's sexual desires, sexual excitement, and sexual acts in (1) male-female situations, (2) same-sex situations, and (3) in gender confused situations (via cross-dressing roles) in contemporary film gives a distinctively female portrayal of women in erotic situations—making the new eroticism of Shakespearean women the more accurate portrayal of female sexuality for male-female casts of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night and Hamlet.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Theater;
Motion pictures
Classification
0465: Theater
0900: Motion pictures
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; William Shakespeare
Title
Distinctly female: Shakespearean women and modern film
Author
Chessum, Tracey Elaine
Number of pages
72
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0582
Source
MAI 46/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549473275
Advisor
Marienthal, Harold
University/institution
California State University, Dominguez Hills
University location
United States -- California
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1452147
ProQuest document ID
304770279
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304770279
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