Theatre & Performance: Fathers and Daughters - Maternal Absence and Paternal Misogyny in Shakespeare’s The Tempest and King Lear.
Hosted by Goldsmiths.
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First written and performed in a period of anxieties regarding lineage and inheritance (from Elizabeth I to James I), these plays are noticeable for the absence of any living mothers as they foreground the relationships between aristocratic fathers and their female heirs. As fertility of women is crucial to dynastic inheritance, both Lear and Prospero deliver damning exhortations of sterility at various points, revealing misogyny as a primary emotion in curtailing and controlling their daughters.
The lecture explores the language of male power and female submissiveness, the absence or disruption of female-female alliances in both plays and the effects this might create in thinking through the meanings of maternal absence.
Duration: Half day (2pm - 4pm)
Subject area/s: Drama,Drama & Theatre Studies,Drama and English,Shakespeare,Theatre
Course Requirements: This taster course is for year 12 students only.
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