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Women in Fiction and Film
November 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This seminar will investigate the shifting roles that female characters have played in theatre, literature and film over the millennia. Al Duncan will discuss Aristophanes’ “sex-strike play,” Lysistrata, which was both of, and ahead of, its time, and highlight the caprices of literary reception and the play’s continuing cultural role if (when), indeed, “the future is female.” Inger Brodey will look at the tendency to depict women in distress as erotically exciting in the eighteenth-century novel (including Richardson, Radcliffe, and Goethe), and Austen’s responses to this problematic trope. Rachel Schaevitz will round out the day by tracing the rise of powerful female characters in American film across generations and genres and how this trend reflects Hollywood’s response to changing attitudes about what roles women and girls should hold in the world.