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Saints, Shrews, and Sassy Boys: Shakespeare’s Women

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Mary Villeponteaux, an Associated Professor and Chair of the Department of Literature and Philosophy at Georgia Southern will examine the variety of female characters found in Shakespeare’s plays, from the “shrewish” wife who fights her husband’s dominance in Taming of the Shrew to “saintly” figures, such as Desdemona in Othello who meekly accepts her husband’s anger and is eventually murdered by him. These, as well as the cross-dressing heroines of the comedies who pass as young men, will be discussed in the context of English Renaissance society and its expectations for wome
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