EBOOK / PDF [Women of Will Following the Feminine in Shakespeare´s Plays]

  • Hardcover
  • 312
  • Women of Will Following the Feminine in Shakespeare´s Plays
  • Tina Packer
  • English
  • 14 October 2019
  • 9780307700391

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Summary Women of Will Following the Feminine in Shakespeare´s Plays Tina Packer ☆ 6 Download review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Tina Packer Y alive a virgin true sent from heaven a country girl going to lead men bravely into battle the kind of girl Shakespeare could have known and loved in Stratford Her independent resolution collapses within a few scenes as Shakespeare himself suddenly turns against her and she yields to the common caricature of his culture and becomes Joan the Enemy the Warrior Woman the witch; a woman to be feared and destroyed   As Packer turns her attention to the extraordinary Juliet the author perceives a large shift Suddenly Shakespeare’s women have depth of character motivation understanding of life than eual to that of the men; once Juliet has led the way the plays are never the same again As Shakespeare ceases to write about women as predictable caricatures and starts writing them from the inside embodying their voices his women become as dimensional spirited spiritual active and sexual as any of his male characters Juliet is just as passionately in love as Romeo risking everyth. WOMEN OF WILL The Feminine in Shakespeare s Playby Tina Packer reviewed by Tracy MarksA brilliant presentation of Shakespeare s development and portrayal of female charactersWhen I started reading WOMEN OF WILL I was intrigued by Tina Packer s concepts of Shakespeare s development in regard to the women in his plays However I was soon confused by all the names Packer describes the roles of the primary characters especially the women in about 30 plays as well as the historical background of most of them and the key women in Shakespeare s life over time That means that we readers are introduced to approximately 300 characters in 300 pages Too much My impression is that Packer pack her was trying to pack all she knew about Shakespeare and his women into one book including details related to her primary theories as well as extraneous information that many readers will not be able to absorbBut don t let this giant potpourri which spreads in every possible direction dissuade you from reading the book even if doing so means skipping a few of the plays discussed Packer s presentation is comprehensive informative and occasionally deeply meaningfulNo she does not back up all her statements and theories about Shakespeare with scholarly references She also injects personal experiences and belief some related to contemporary issues But in doing so she helps make Shakespeare relevant to us todayI eventually realized that I had been initially judging her book by academic standards and a traditional male approach to writing about literature Tina Packer is not an academic although her knowledge about Shakespeare s plays is astoundingShe is a Shakespearean actress who has performed the roles of most of the women in these plays She has also been for many years director of a highly regarded Shakespearean theater company in Lenox Massachusetts These plays are meant first of all to be performed and watched by an audience not read and not analyzed by scholars and students Packer is in fact presenting Shakespeare s female characters as an actress experiences them The insights she shares as a result help us to enter Shakespeare s plays fully than an academic approach Her personal sharing although disruptive at times also helps us readers bring Shakespeare to life today and relate our own experiences to the characters she describes In the process WOMEN OF WILL is particularly enlightening in regard to issues related to women and power and therefore is likely to appeal to any women struggling with defining and asserting themselves effectively in our patriarchal societyPacker s basic thesis is that Shakespeare s conception of women especially in relation to men and issues of power developed through a variety of stages throughout his lifetime as reflected chronologically in his plays The book is divided into five sections each discussing a number of plays I mention a few that are covered below1 THE WARRIOR WOMAN VIOLENCE TO NEGOTIATION The Taming of the Shrew the Henry VI plays Richard III2 THE SEXUAL MERGES WITH THE SPIRITUAL Much Ado about Nothing Romeo and Juliet Antony and Cleopatra3 LIVING UNDERGROUND OR DYING TO TELL THE TRUTH Othello As You Like It Twelfth Night4 CHAOS IS COME AGAIN THE LION EATS THE WOLF Macbeth King Lear Coriolanus5 THE MAIN PHOENIX THE DAUGHTER REDEEMS THE FATHER Pericles The Winter s Tale The TempestAs Packer describes the plots of each play and the roles of the female characters she also relates them to Shakespeare s real life relationships with women at the time of writing each play to the extent that we know and speculates about what we do not know Even if there are only three or four women a play Packer tells us they are key to transforming some of the male characters and their societyWOMEN OF WILL is fascinating insightful and a much needed female and actor s approach to Shakespeare A reader unfamiliar with most of these plays may find the plot descriptions and repertoire of characters overwhelming But such descriptions most of them at least are necessary Viewing the female characters out of context detracts from understanding them and Packer s main concepts I suggest reading the book slowly a chapter a week and give yourself time to digest the rich material within itWhat happens when female voices are silenced or when they seek power and personal fulfillment overtly or covertly taking on roles normally assigned to men This is a key uestion that WOMEN OF WILL addresses Female power and powerlessness are the issues here But as Packer learned from Shakespeare love is an antidote to aggression and violence The constructive empowerment of women is intimately related to man s integration of feminine ualities love nurturance creativity within himselfPacker has a web site called womenofwillcom Her theater company Shakespeare and Company is at shakespeareorg She has performed series of Women of Will plays which present the main female characters discussed in the book although this summer 2015 she is playing the role of Joan of Arc rather than a Shakespearean heroine A trailer about her Women of Will performances is available at Youtube as are a number of interviews with her including the one with Charlie Rose which I particularly recommendIn regard to organization I rate WOMEN OF WILL a 3 In regard to substance I would rate it above a 5 if that were possible Since I find the book to be so informative and insightful and particularly a must for women who are interested in Shakespeare and both defining and exploring their role in society I give it an overall rating of 5 despite its obvious flaws It is that exceptionalIF YOU LIKED MY REVIEW PLEASE RATE IT AS HELPFUL HERE

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Summary Women of Will Following the Feminine in Shakespeare´s Plays Tina Packer ☆ 6 Download review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Tina Packer From one of the country’s foremost experts on Shakespeare and theatre arts actor director and master teacher Tina Packer offers an exploration fierce funny fearless of the women of Shakespeare’s plays A profound and profoundly illuminating book that gives us the playwright’s changing understanding of the feminine and reveals some of his deepest insights Packer with expert grasp and perception constructs a radically different understanding of power sexuality and redemption Beginning with the early comedies The Taming of the Shrew Two Gentlemen of Verona The Comedy of Errors Packer shows that Shakespeare wrote the women of these plays as shrews to be tamed or as sweet little things with no definable independent thought virgins on the pedestal The women of the histories the three parts of Henry VI; Richard III are Packer shows much interesting beginning with Joan of Arc possibly the first woman character Shakespeare ever created  In her opening scene she’s wonderfull. As a Shakespeare teacher and a feminist I should love a book that wants to argue that Shakespeare was the first dramatist to develop fully rounded individual women characters and shows how that development happened As a lover of theater I should also love a book that draws on decades of experience as an actor and director of Shakespeare But I did not like this bookI found the style to be very off putting as an academic having someone say Shakespeare must have feltdone X raises my hackles Packer doesn t know how Shakespeare felt about women no one does and she can t claim he did X or believed Y again we just don t know What she really means is My version of Shakespeare built out of my reading of the plays felt and did X and that s an entirely different thingShe also was much too attached to her vision of Shakespeare s increasing understanding of and respect for women to the point of having to produce some weird interpretations in order to crush the plays that don t fit into her smooth arc This is most obvious when she simply rejects Two Noble Kinsmen because it is co authored with Fletcher and thus doesn t count But she s happy talk about Henry VIII which is also co authored with Fletcher so it seems obvious that her real problem with Two Noble Kinsmen is that the female characters are flat and uninteresting She also makes some claims about The Tempest that I find simply ridiculous such as Prospero having an affair with Sycorax when it s entirely clear from 12 that she died before Prospero arrived on the island There are also places where she s simply wrong and I m actually surprised to find a director get basic facts about the text wrongSo all in all I found this book very unsatisfying and occasionally infuriating

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Summary Women of Will Following the Feminine in Shakespeare´s Plays Tina Packer ☆ 6 Download review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Tina Packer Ing initiating marriage getting into bed fighting courageously when her parents threaten to disown her and just as brave in facing death when she discovers Romeo is dead And wondering if Shakespeare himself fell in love Packer considers with whom and what she may have been like the author observes that from Juliet on Shakespeare writes the women as if he were a woman giving them desires needs ambition insight Women of Will follows Shakespeare’s development as a human being from youth to enlightened maturity exploring the spiritual journey he undertook  Packer shows that Shakespeare’s imagination mirrored and revealed in his female characters develops and deepens until finally the women his creative knowledge and a sense of a larger spiritual good come together in the late plays making clear that when women and men are eual in status and sexual passion they can and do change the world Part master class part brilliant analysis Women of Will is all inspiring discovery. I wasn t charmed by her destination but the journey was interesting