Not Hamlet: Meditations on the Frail Position of Women in Drama

Not Hamlet: Meditations on the Frail Position of Women in Drama

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Shakespearea€™s Cleopatra, La Pucelle, Ophelia, Shawa€™s St. Joan and Ibsena€™s Hedda a€“ a handful of seminal roles for women in the classical canon. Janet Suzman has played them all and directed some. Here she examines their complexity and explores why only Cleopatra has an independence that allows her to speak to modern women. None of these, regrettably, matches up to a Hamlet, but as she is grateful for the parts he did write, Suzman feels a lightly-barbed attack on those who doubt Shakespearea€™s authorship is way overdue. She also takes issue with received ideas on boy-actors playing mature women in Shakespearea€™s company, and reflects on how female characters in classical drama have not been on a level with their male counterparts. Today, on TV, film and the stage, this remains the case. Not Hamlet but Hamlette, please.I shall quote her letter in full because it describes how completely Shakespearea#39;s girls speak to a young American actress: a#39;I think this will be a good challenge for me because I a#39;m so used to playing funny tomboy girls and Titania seems moreanbsp;...


Title:Not Hamlet: Meditations on the Frail Position of Women in Drama
Author: Janet Suzman
Publisher:Oberon Books - 2012-06-12
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