116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Shakespeare and Related Topics

Session Chair: 
Marc Geisler, Western Washington University
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Miller Hall 138


  1. Paula Sherrin, California State University, Dominguez Hills
    Comparison of Lavinia and Beatrice-Joanna emphasizes early modern theatre’s scapegoating of women. Performance of rape punishes agency and reinforces patriarchy. Trauma inflicted in revenge and domestic tragedies is gender-specific, functioning as both warning and catharsis. Victimized characters are pharmakoi who restore social order in Act V through their sacrifices.
  2. Anita Raychawdhuri, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Ophelia and Desdemona utilize the role of the performer, through the “low” culture form of ballads. However, both these women are not able to properly appropriate the ballads to speak and be seen; rather, their performance becomes a meta-theatrical moment where the women are watched, but not engaged with.
  3. Hannah DeWitt, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
    This paper compares the performance of masculinity in women dressed in armor in Shakespeare’s Henry VI Trilogy as compared to his female crossdressers in the comedy plays. 
  4. John Misak, New York Institute of Technology
    Augmented Reality (AR) is an effective technology for teaching sciences, yet little has been done with AR in college humanities courses.  This presentation will demonstrate an AR app to help college students experience Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a more active, immersed way.  This AR application will enhance students’ understanding of the context behind the text of Hamlet using investigative techniques and gamification. The prototype will inform the viability of AR for student learning across the humanities.
Session Cancelled: