Saturday, December 24, 2016

Much Ado About Something


...so, to be clear, Eric is a teenage boy pretending to be a teenage girl pretending to be a woman pretending to be a man who's in love with a man who's in love with a woman who's in love with a woman who she thinks is a man.

Dizzy yet?

There's lots and lots and lots of gender-bending in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Women weren't allowed to appear on stage in Elizabethan England, so all female roles were played by young male actors.  There was a certain absurdity in having a male actor pretending to be a woman pretending to be a man.

...at least, that's why scholars think there was so much crossdressing in Elizabethan plays.  But maybe there was more to it than that. :)

1 comment:

  1. Well, there wasn't any "body switching" in Shakespear's 12th night. You are right though, in Elizabethan England none of the female roles were played by women. They were men dressed as women.

    Still, I loved the confusion and body switching discussion in the caption. lol

    Cheers
    Zapper

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