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Madeline Boles

on 16 January 2013

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Transcript of Hamlet

Representing Ophelia Mrs. Lessingham Mrs. Siddons Mary Bolton Maryanne Faithful Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond Jean-Martin Charcot "The Sickest Ophelia" Theater Ophelia's Character Timeline 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000 1625 1675 1725 1775 1825 1875 1925 1975 1650 1750 1850 1950 Augustan Era Victorian Era Modern
Era 17th Century Elizabethan Era 18th Century 19th Century Victorian Era Theater Painting Photography Female Insanity + Female Sexuality Innocence
Piety Romanticism Freudian
Oedipal Complex Clinical
Madness "Whereas the Augustan response to madness was denial, the romantic response was an embrace." Philosophy 20th Century Modern/ Post Modern Era
“Whereas for Hamlet madness is metaphysical, linked with culture, for Ophelia it is a product of the female body and female nature, perhaps that nature’s purest form.”

"On the Elizabethan stage, the conventions of female insanity were sharply defined."
Hamlet Elizabethan Era 1772 1785 1811 Delacroix 1811 Augustan Era John Everett Milais 1852 Arthur Hughes 1852 1850s 1870s 1970 Ellen Terry Theater Painting Literature Mid 19th- Early 20th Century Modern Era 1878 Feminist Revision Fin de Siecle Mary Cowden Clarke The True Ophelia 1974-1981 Sigmund Freud Theodore Lidz 1900 R.D. Laing 1960s "Schizophrenia is the intelligible response to the experience of invalidation within the family network, especially to the conflicting emotional messages and mystifying double binds experienced by daughters." "Ophelia breaks down because she fails in the female developmental task of shifting her sexual attachment from her father to a man who can bring her fulfillment as a woman." "The Freudian interpretation of Hamlet concentrated on the hero, but also had much to do with the re-sexualization of Ophelia." "The True Ophelia... advocated a strong and intelligent woman destroyed by the heartlessness of men." "Her 'poetic and intellectual performance' also inspired other actresses to rebel against the conventions of invisibility and negation associated with the part." "If the Victorian madwoman looks mutely out from men's pictures, and acts a part a man had staged and directed, she is very differently represented in the feminist revision of Ophelia." Elaine Showalter Criticism Information Overload
Lack of Depth
Lack of Personal Opinion
Difficult to Follow Born January 21, 1941
Literary Critic
Cultural/ Social Writer
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