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Master of Arts in English (MA)
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This paper uses gender studies to understand the themes of gender performance further, and more specifically, femininity, in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It also explores the many ways feminine gender performance has changed as society has changed. Thus, proving gender is performative rather than innate. It does this by examining first the text within the context of Elizabethan society. Moreover, by examining three pivotal performances of Lady Macbeth through history within the context of their social structures as well. The three performances are that of Sarah Siddons in the Late 18th Century, Ellen Terry in the 19th Century, and Judy Dench in the 20th century.
LeBert, Phyllis, "“A Woman’s Story”: Lady Macbeth and Performing Femininity in the Early 1600s – Late 1900s" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 3164.