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AN EXPLORATION INTO THE REPRESENTATION OF FEMALE DEATH IN CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE OF SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY

WOOD, MOLLIE J. (2021) AN EXPLORATION INTO THE REPRESENTATION OF FEMALE DEATH IN CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE OF SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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Abstract

This thesis will explore the representation of female death in contemporary performance of Shakespearean tragedy, with particular attention paid to Blanche McIntyre’s directorial decisions in Titus Andronicus for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 2017. I will assess the symbolic, tropic representation of femininity through history, the aesthetic encoding of the female form in death, and psycho-sociological theories which determine humanity as indebted to this image. By noting the ways in which McIntyre represents Lavinia as the object of desire and site of tragedy, I will be at liberty to assess the patriarchal structure of narrative inherent in Shakespeare’s tragedies, as well as the progression of tropes which incline directors toward the beautiful aesthetics of tragic females’ deaths. Noting the ways in which Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed, I will be able to see the tendencies of contemporary performance toward heightening the aesthetic encoding of the female corpse.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
Depositing User: Annabel Danson-Darbyshire
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2021 09:42
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2021 09:42
URI: https://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/35640

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