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Gender, Genealogy, and Genre in The Winter’s Tale Jacobean Shakespeare The Winter’s Tale , Lecture 2
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Gender, Genealogy, and Genre in WT WT’s exploration of gender relations, relations between men and women in a patriarchal society: key issues— 1. relation between female speech and female sexuality. 2. concern about purity of line of descent (of genealogy) and the role of women in preserving this purity. In WT, Shakespeare experiments with the hybrid genre of romance, mingling tragedy, comedy, farce, myth and fairy-tale. It is a “mongrel” genre, of uncertain lineage.
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P.65, 2.2.36ff: Paulina’s plan PAULINA I dare be sworn These dangerous unsafe lunes * i' the king, [*lunacies] beshrew them! He must be told on't, and he shall: the office Becomes a woman best; I'll take't upon me: If I prove honey-mouth'd let my tongue blister And never to my red-look'd anger be The trumpet any more. Pray you, Emilia, Commend my best obedience to the queen: If she dares trust me with her little babe, I'll show't the king and undertake to be
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P.67, 2.3.1ff: Leontes LEONTES: I have drunk, and seen the spider.* (P.51,2.1.56). --- LEONTES: Nor night nor day no rest…the harlot king/Is quite beyond mine arm…plot-proof; but she/I can hook to me: say that she were gone,/Given to the fire, a moiety of my rest/Might come to me again.
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P.69-71, 2.3.36ff: Good/Bad servants Second Servant Madam, he hath not slept tonight; commanded None should come at him. PAULINA Not so hot, good sir: I come to bring him sleep. 'Tis such as you, That creep like shadows by him and do sigh At each his needless heavings , such as you Nourish the cause of his awaking: I Do come with words as medicinal as true , Honest as either, to purge him of that humour That presses him from sleep.
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P.71, 2.3.64ff: Paulina as H’s champion PAULINA Good my liege, I come; And, I beseech you, hear me, who profess Myself your loyal servant , your physician , Your most obedient counselor , yet that dare Less appear so in comforting your evils, Than such as most seem yours: I say, I come From your good queen. LEONTES Good queen! PAULINA Good queen, my lord, Good queen; I say good queen; And would by combat make her good, so were I A man, the worst about you .
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P.73, 75, 2.3.84ff: Leontes abuses Paulina A mankind witch [masculine] (to Antigonus):Thou dotard! thou art woman-tired, unroosted By thy dame Partlet* here. (2.3.94ff) A callet [=scold/whore] Of boundless tongue, who late hath beat her husband And now baits me! (p.75,2.3.115ff) ***
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P.79, 2.3.198:“Lady Margery, your midwife there” RENAISSANCE MIDWIVES assisted at birth of child Brought the newborn child to the father (who was usually absent from the birthing chamber) Played an important role in attesting to the paternity of the child
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P.75,2.3.123ff: Proof of Paternity PAULINA It is yours; And, might we lay the old proverb to your charge, So like you, 'tis the worse. Behold, my lords, Although the print be little, the whole matter And copy of the father , eye, nose, lip, The trick of's frown, his forehead… And thou, good goddess Nature, which hast made it
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