May 21, 2024  
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HNEI 246 - Shakespeare’s Women: Gender, Language, and Power in a Cultural Revolution

3 Credit Hours
Shakespeare had his finger on the trending topics of his day, so when Queen Elizabeth inherits the throne from her sister, all of England catches it breathe, how will she rule, how quickly will she marry, and who will she marry was all anyone talked about, and hence the romance plays were born.  But in a world built for men, Henry VIII’s powerful daughter influenced gender norms in such a way as to enable Elizabeth to rule as effectively as her father, but was it through cultural revolution or renaissance?  Did she forward the cause for women or solidify the very template of a conniving, manipulative shrew that has dogged powerful women to the present day?  This class will explore gender and cultural norms through the lens of language in Shakespeare’s plays (as written and in film) to investigate.  

Prerequisite(s): Honors program students only or consent of instructor. 



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