Early Modern Tragedy, Gender and Performance, 1984-2000: The by Roberta Barker

By Roberta Barker

This e-book examines the illustration of gender in chosen fresh performances of early sleek tragedy. within the approach, it elaborates a version of severely engaged spectatorship that would enable for the complexity and strength of such cultural productions, and indicates how encounters among modern actors and early smooth playtexts--often disregarded as in simple terms conservative - can actually support to discover the instability and old contingency of gender norms previous and current.

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In Daniels’ Hamlet, for instance, Barber’s Ophelia appeared before Hamlet actually spoke to them. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-24 32 33 melancholy with visible concern. This choice allowed Barber to convey Ophelia’s love for Hamlet and her acute powers of observation at an early stage in the action, qualifying the authority of Hamlet’s ensuing pronouncements on feminine frailty. In the following scene, however, Barber was faced with the fact that Ophelia’s first speaking appearance in the playtext suggests a girl whose identity is threatened by frailty and almost exclusively determined by men.

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-24 1 30 Realism and Reinscription Of Hamlet’s wildness. So shall I hope your virtues Will bring him to his wonted way again, To both your honours. 42). Her actions and ideas seem determined more by those around her than by herself. How does a contemporary actress cope with such a limited representation of feminine identity and agency? In 1984, Frances Barber played Ophelia to Roger Rees’ Hamlet in Ron Daniels’ RSC production of Hamlet.

Rosenberg writes that Ophelia is ‘told, in contrast to her brother, not to be true to her own self’ (280). He defines ‘self’ in terms of twentieth-century individualism: the ‘self’ as ‘the unified, autonomous author of his or her own choices’ (Belsey, Subject 49), but this definition has little to do with Polonius’ meaning. He bids Ophelia be true to the self she seems not to understand: the identity conferred by her position as a woman, a virgin and his daughter. Whatever self might exist in her inner feelings is irrelevant to the case.

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