Shakespeare's Woman Project

Stepping back a bit from older scholarly engagements with gender and sexuality in Shakespeare, this seminar proposes that we consider whether "woman" is an illuminating category in which to consider Shakespeare's development across his entire career. How much is femininity visible as a project in Shakespeare, an ongoing area of thought and development? Major characters from which this discussion will draw include Joan of Arc, Adriana, Juliet, Helena, Portia, Rosalind, Gertrude, Cordelia, Paulina. Some attention will be given as well to significant portrayals of these characters from theatre history.