Shakespeare’s Women: Wives, Mothers, and Daughters
When we think of Shakespeare’s plays, we often think of his tragic heroes like Hamlet, Macbeth, and Othello, but what about the women in their lives: wives like Lady Macbeth and Desdemona, mothers like Gertrude, daughters like Ophelia? This lecture will focus on how the women in Shakespeare’s plays are characterized, how their actions are frequently determined by the men around them, and how they influence those men despite their own limited agency.
Reina Green is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Mount Saint Vincent University where she teaches sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, including Shakespeare’s drama. Her current research focuses on contemporary productions of Shakespeare’s comedies. She has published in several book collections and academic journals and is a co-editor of Speaking Up: New Voices on War and Peace in Nova Scotia (Nimbus 2022).
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