The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0729 Friday, 23 April 1999.
Date: Thursday, 22 Apr 1999 19:52:09 -0700
Subject: Elizabethan Feminism
I am a graduate student in California and I need your input. I am
enrolled in an Elizabethan literature class where we have just finished
MND. Two female students gave presentations on how Hermia and Helena are
subjected and commodified by men. A few quotes of the ladies and their
bibliographic sources: "Patriarchal domination," "putting men one up
again," and "reminding us that the men haven't changed." My question is
this: Is there any male Shakesperian character who has any redeeming
qualities in his relationship with women? I realize this may open a can
of worms, but I do cling to what seems like a quickly fading notion that
academia is a marketplace of ideas where opposing views may be
If men and women are the cause of the battle of the sexes, I do not see
how this angle of feminist criticism does anything to solve the problem.