Time, gender, and difference in Shakespeare's festive comedies [electronic resource] /Show full item record
|Title||Time, gender, and difference in Shakespeare's festive comedies [electronic resource] /|
|Author||Doornik, Allison Marie|
|Abstract||"This thesis examines Shakespeare's festive comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It. Drawing from textual analysis, historical approaches to the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and contemporary theory on gender, I make the case for a feminist interpretation that emphasizes agency and empowerment. My means for crafting this argument stresses the implicitness of time to these issues; thus, while arguing for a feminist interpretation of these texts, I also argue for reading that emphasizes attention to time. In my first chapter, I argue that A Midsummer Night's Dream creates a "feminine time" which is emblematized in the imagery of the moon and associated with the goddess Diana. In my second chapter, I argue that the feminine textual manipulation in Twelfth Night allows for an alternative time which opposes the play's festive genre. In my last chapter, I examine the time of As You Like It's setting and use it to show how the play enacts specifically Early Modern fantasies--and fears--pertaining to the female figure"--Abstract.|
|Description||Title from thesis title page (viewed Jan. 13, 2014).
Thesis--Texas Christian University, 2013.
Department of English; advisor, Ariane Balizet .
Includes bibliographical references.
Text (electronic thesis) in PDF.
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