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Feb 2, 2022

In this week's episode, we are taking a look at how the patriarchal society and patrilineal anxieties of early modern English society influenced the sexist representations of gender in Shakespeare's King Lear, and how much further more recent productions have comes in terms of representation...or not.

Shakespeare Anyone? is created and produced by Kourtney Smith and Elyse Sharp.

Note: When this episode was recorded, Kourtney Smith was using the stage name "Korey Leigh Smith".

Music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.

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Works referenced:

Aughterson, Kate, and Ailsa Grant Ferguson. Shakespeare and Gender: Sex and Sexuality in Shakespeare's Drama. The Arden Shakespeare, 2020, pp. 153-171. Accessed 11 Jan. 2022. 

Kelly, Philippa. “See What Breeds about Her Heart: ‘King Lear’, Feminism, and Performance.” Renaissance Drama, vol. 33, [University of Chicago Press, Northwestern University], 2004, pp. 137–57, Accessed 12 Jan. 2022 from

Rudnytsky, Peter L. “‘The Darke and Vicious Place’: The Dread of the Vagina in ‘King Lear.’” Modern Philology, vol. 96, no. 3, University of Chicago Press, 1999, pp. 291–311,

Schwarz, Kathryn. “‘Fallen Out With My More Headier Will’: Dislocation in King Lear.” What You Will: Gender, Contract, and Shakespearean Social Space, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011, pp. 181–208,