Patriotic women: Shakespearean heroines of the 1720s

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dc.contributor.author Marshall, Louise
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-17T13:28:29Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-17T13:28:29Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03-17
dc.identifier.citation Marshall , L 2009 , ' Patriotic women: Shakespearean heroines of the 1720s ' ' , pp. 289-298 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 108283
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1919
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1919
dc.description Marshall, Louise, 'Patriotic women: Shakespearean heroines of the 1720s', History of European Ideas, 31:2(2005), pp. 289-298 en
dc.description.abstract This paper discusses three adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays written during the 1720s. These texts, I contend, counter claims that positive representations of women during this period were confined to the domestic sphere. In these plays women are active participants in the public realm of politics and commerce. The heroines of Ambrose Philips¿ Humfrey Duke of Gloucester (1723), Aaron Hill's King Henry the Fifth (1723) and Theophilus Cibber's King Henry the Sixth (1724), rather than being driven by love and domestic duty, act on political motivation. Patriotism, which characterises these women, is the primary political slogan of all three plays. These female protagonists exemplify the value of a patriotic political conduct that crosses party lines. Their unpartisan or universal brand of patriotism anticipates the opposition views expressed by Bolingbroke in the following decade. This paper also addresses the broad consensus amongst Feminist critics that women in adaptations of Shakespeare provide little more than mere ¿breeches roles¿ titillation. The histories of Philips, Hill and Cibber represent heroines who, no less than their male counterparts, exercise control during political crises. These women are not objects of titillation but subjects for emulation. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.title Patriotic women: Shakespearean heroines of the 1720s en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Department of English and Creative Writing en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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