Gender in "Twelfth Night" Analytical Essay by cee-cee

Gender in "Twelfth Night"
This paper explores Shakespeare's gender constructions and cross-dressing in the play "Twelfth Night".
# 107565 | 2,016 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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The paper explores Shakespeare's gender disguise that distorted female identity and investigates early modern constructions of gender as distinct from sexual difference. The paper examines the play "Twelfth Night" in order to show how it was Shakespeare's intention to challenge gender taboos of the Elizabethan age.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge, 1990
  • Howard, Jean. 'Cross-dressing, the Theatre, and Gender Struggle in Early Modern England', Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 4 (Winter, 1988), pp. 418-440
  • Jardine, Lisa. Still Harping on Daughters: Women and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare. Brighton: Sussex University Press, 1983. 9-36
  • Kimbrough, Robert. 'Androgyny Seen Through Shakespeare's Disguise', Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Spring, 1982), pp. 17-33
  • Nicholson, Linda (ed.). Feminism/Postmodernism. New York and London: Routledge, 1990

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