By Geraldo U. De Sousa
During this hugely exciting research, De Sousa argues that Shakespeare reinterprets, refashions and reinscribes his alien characters - Jews, Moors, Amazons and gypsies. during this manner, the dramatist questions the narrowness of a ecu point of view which caricatures different societies and perspectives them with suspicion. De Sousa examines how Shakespeare defines different cultures by way of the interaction of gender, textual content and habitat. Written in a provocative type, this readable publication offers a wealth of interesting info either on modern degree productions and on race and gender kin in early sleek Europe.
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Curiously, as Calderwood points out, the father of the Theseus of mythology was named Aegeus/Egeus. S1 Likewise, another patriarch, Oberon, engages in a dispute with his wife Titania about how to dispose of Titania's surrogate child, the Indian boy. Shakespeare clearly envisions Oberon as Theseus's Frontiers of Gender 21 counterpart, under whose guidance and control the wood outside of Athens remains. Like Theseus and Egeus, Oberon confronts Titania's challenge to his patriarchal authority. Much of the play's action consists of various characters' effort to challenge, reverse, and invert these patriarchies and to move into an upside-down symbolic realm.
Like the other characters, the Jailor's Daughter Frontiers of Gender 39 thus ends up with a substitute for Palamon, not what she truly desires. In both plays marriage can lead to irrational behavior and suffering. In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hippolyta's nonperformative presence subsumes a radical cultural difference that is suppressed by other characters' performance: the lovers' intense pursuits of one another; Hermia's defiance of her father; Titania's subversion of Oberon's authority; Theseus's patriarchal role; and even the mechanicals' mock performance of a romantic tragedy.
45-7) Saint Paul writes to the Galatians of a world where all difference has been erased: 'For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus' (Gal. 27-8). As we will see below, Paul provides the theological justification for the transvestism of such religious figures as Joan of Arc. But if religion or some force erases all differences, what happens to the distinctions that cultures typically make?