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    MARRIAGE, MONEY AND PATRIARCHY: THE INTERTWINEMENT OF LOVE AND POWER IN THE TAMING OF THE SHREW BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE  

*MOHD JAMSHED (AUTHOR)                                 

RESEARCH SCHOLAR (PH.D)                                       

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH,                                         

ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY, UP                                                                    

** SHAMA BEE (CO-AUTHOR)

RESEARCH SCHOLAR (PH.D)

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH,

ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY, UP

 

Abstract:

A political reading of William Shakespeare to whom numerous epithets like ‘the Bard” or “Man of Millennium” are applied and whose works are included in the “canon” to represent universal values of mankind, destabilizes this claims of canonicity and universality and entails certain questions about the politics of representations and the complicit role of social discourses in the construction of gender identity. A deconstructive materialist approach to his oeuvre reveals that Shakespeare has, in many of his plays, reinstated the racial and patriarchal ideals of the Renaissance. Kathleen McLuskie in her essay The Patriarchal Bard: Feminist Criticism and Shakespeare goes to the extent to characterize Shakespeare as “the Patriarchal Bard” not the “Bard of Avon”. The Taming of the Shrew written between 1590 and 1593, as the editor Brian Morris has pointed out in the Arden edition of this play, is one of those early plays by Shakespeare which unmistakably produces evidences of immaturity in dealing with the subjects. Its first performance invited mixed critiques among the audience and prompted many literary retelling of the same story. This paper seeks to unravel in this play a sexual/textual politics embedded in a power relations where the institution of marriage and the capitalist drive of dowry relegate the character of Katherina to social periphery, a subservient “tamed” wife to Petruchio.

Keywords-Patriarchy, Representation, Marriage, Power & Domestication

journal of english

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