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'Some exquisitely-dressed stage favourite': Shakespeare and the suffragettes

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Duration: 0:23:17 | Added: 17 Jul 2012
In this talk, Sophie Duncan examines suffragists' interactions with Shakespeare and his works, as performers, directors, consumers and critics.

Suffragist readings of Shakespeare variously cite Shakespeare's feminism as a source of authority, justifying their right to vote, and attack Shakespeare's patriarchal impulses in a manner that anticipates second-wave feminist, cultural materialist readings of the plays by half a century.

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