Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
play, shakespeare, society, thesis, western
Centuries after his own lifetime, William Shakespeare dominates the Western canon and continues to have a profound effect on Western society. As the values of that society shift and social movements progress, so too must critical reception of Shakespeare's work. The purpose of this thesis is to reexamine Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida (1601), Othello (1604), and Antony and Cleopatra (1606) through a feminist lens in order to expose the larger societal issues addressed within the play. This thesis draws on Intersectionality, a modern branch of feminism, to discuss sexism, racism, classism, and homophobia within Shakespeare’s texts and the way in which they function to create the tragic ending of each play.
Flores, Anna, "“Listen to Many”: Intersectionality, Tragedy, and William Shakespeare" (2015). Honors Theses. 302.