Will's Willful Women (Remote)

Barbara Burgess-Van Aken
SAGES Teaching Fellow, Lecturer, Department of English, CWRU
Tuesdays, May 11 - June 1
noon-1:30 p.m. ET

Given that he wrote in an era of entrenched patriarchy, do Shakespeare’s plays reveal any pro-feminist sentiments? If so, did his representations of strong female characters change as his writing matured? And is there a relationship between Shakespeare’s choice of genre and the ways he gives power to his women? Although we will discuss Shakespeare’s willful female characters from a range of his works, our chief explorations will focus on four plays (two comedies, a romance, and a tragedy): Love’s Labour’s Lost (1597), Much Ado about Nothing (1599), Macbeth (1606), and The Winter’s Tale (1611).

The Folger Library editions by Simon and Schuster are recommended.

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