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Mar 17, 2021

In this episode, we are examining the gender politics of Shakespeare's Macbeth: how gender is represented in the play and how it affects our understanding of characters. 

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

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

Our theme music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.

Works Referenced:

“[Act 4] Chaos Is Come Again: The Lion Eats the Wolf Scene 1: Overview: Hamlet Leading into Macbeth.” Women of Will: The Remarkable Evolution of Shakespeare's Female Characters, by Tina Packer, One, Vintage Books, 2016, pp. 227–240.

Chamberlain, Stephanie. “Fantasizing Infanticide: Lady Macbeth and the Murdering Mother in Early Modern England.” College Literature, vol. 32, no. 3, 2005, pp. 72–91. JSTOR, Accessed 21 Dec. 2020.

Clark, Sandra. “Macbeth and His Lady: the Relationship of Power.” Macbeth, edited by Pamela Mason, The Arden Shakespeare, 2015, pp. 103–116. Third. 

Helms, Lorraine. “Playing the Woman's Part: Feminist Criticism and Shakespearean Performance.” Theatre Journal, vol. 41, no. 2, 1989, pp. 190-200. JSTOR, Accessed 24 November 2020.

Kamps, Ivo. Shakespeare Left and Right. Taylor & Francis, 2015.

Levin, Joanna. “Lady MacBeth and the Daemonologie of Hysteria.” ELH, vol. 69, no. 1, 2002, pp. 21–55. Accessed 22 Nov. 2020, from JSTOR,

Liston, W. (1989). "Male and Female Created He Them": Sex and Gender in "Macbeth". College Literature, 16(3), 232-239. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021, from

“Macbeth Contextual Analysis - Shakespeare Lesson.” Schooling Online, 29 Sept. 2020, Accessed 10 Nov. 2020, from

Soloski, Alexis. “Gender, Guilt, and Fate - Macbeth, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 410.” Directed by Stan Muller, Hosted by Hank Green, YouTube, Crash Course, 30 Jan. 2018, Accessed 10 Nov. 2020, from