The concept of femininity in Davenant's Macbeth

Author: Bilská, Eva
Source document: Theory and Practice in English Studies. 2021, vol. 10, iss. 1, pp. 15-27
Extent
15-27
  • ISSN
    1805-0859
Type
Article
Language
English
Abstract(s)
This paper concentrates on the concept of femininity in Davenant's adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, which premiered in 1664 and was first printed in 1674. It takes into consideration the cult of celebrity that became characteristic for the Restoration theatre, as well as the philosophical context of the period. Analysing both the Macduffs' and the Macbeths' marriages by using the soulbody metaphor, it seeks to interpret the relationship dynamics and the roles within. Considering social and gender expectations in Restoration England, the paper further discusses the way in which the spectacle and the soul-body metaphor helped to shape the leading female characters' femininity.
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