Ambiguous Pleasure(ers): Negotiating the Bodies of Falstaff and Moll
Lauren A Van Atta
The British Early Modern period was a time of shifting social ideologies, where class as well as gender were mapped onto bodies and embedded in the very material conditions of life. But class and gender were not discreet categories with dichotomous definitions like 'male' and 'female' or 'nobility' and 'peasant'. They had many inbetweens, and the theater was perhaps the most glaring inbetween of all. The theater necessarily complicates definitions and ways of viewing bodies as no body is what they seem. And at the heart of these ambiguous identies lay the fat body. It is consumptive, it is transgressive, and it is sterile. It, much like the theater it is reproduced on, contributes nothing to society of cultural or economic value. It only produces pleasure.
Honors Thesis - Undergraduate
Rebecca C Potter
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Ambiguous Pleasure(ers): Negotiating the Bodies of Falstaff and Moll" (2017). Stander Symposium Posters. 1033.