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The Shrew and British Feminism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0153  Thursday, 22 January 2004

From:           Michael Friedman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 21 Jan 2004 10:09:55 -0500
Subject:        The Shrew and British Feminism

For the past few years, I've been working on the way in which changes in
the contemporary women's movement have impacted stage and film versions
of *The Taming of the Shrew*.  Crucial to this research has been a
phenomenon (often called the "I'm not a feminist, but . . . " syndrome)
that many American feminists have observed and written about.  In the
United States, at least, since the backlash against feminism that began
in the 1980s, many young women have demonstrated a reluctance to
identify themselves as feminists, despite holding feminist beliefs,
because they fear being associated with the negative media stereotype of
the "feminazi."  My question, particularly for my British colleagues,
is, has anyone observed a similar phenomenon in Britain?  Or, can anyone
point me toward a book or article that takes up this issue from a
British perspective?  Given what I have read in reviews of British
productions of *The Shrew*, I suspect that the same thing may be
happening across the sea, but I can't really be sure.  Replies on- or
off-list are welcome.

Michael D. Friedman
University of Scranton

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