Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Role of Women in Thomas Ostermeier's Production of "Hamlet"
by Wenjing, Chen Alexandra, M.A., Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany), 2016, 66; 10291096
Abstract (Summary)

This research looks at the production of Hamlet by Thomas Ostermeier, the director of the Schaub├╝hne Berlin. The production presents two female characters with a single female performer, and persents the concept that coporeality is an impossible exteriority. This research uses the playscript of Ostermeier's production of Hamlet as reference, and Judith Butler's book Bodies that Matter for its theoretical method, as well as contemporary critics of feminist study on the gendered body, to interpret the role of female characters in Ostermeier's production of Hamlet. The focus will clarify how Ostermeier cultivates Butler's theory of body performativity as the source for portraying his understanding of the female identity, and as the decoder for the conventional sexgender culture. The research shows how Ostermeier's presentation of Gertrude and Ophelia reflects the contemporary concern for the deconstruction of the normative concept of woman.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lemke, Cordula
School: Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)
Department: Philosophy and Humanities
School Location: Germany
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Theater, British and Irish literature, Gender studies
Keywords: Butler, Judith, Femininity, Feminist theory, Gender roles, Shakespearean actors, Shakespearean actresses
Publication Number: 10291096
ISBN: 9781369335071
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