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Who Has Sex in Twelfth Night?

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Acting | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | English Language and Literature | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History


For the third straight summer, we were grateful to receive funding to explore gender roles in Shakespearean comedy in collaboration with the Portland Shakespeare Project (PSP). Our project combined literary research with theater practice as dramaturgs for the 2015 production of Twelfth Night at PSP, where I am the scholar-in-residence. This production set the play in the Elizabethan period, raising questions about class and gender cross-dressing, as well as the relation between same-sex bonds and heterosexual unions. We consulted on directorial and acting choices; we examined primary and secondary sources to research class and gender roles in the Elizabethan period; we advised the artistic team on textual and historical questions; and we shared our research with audiences in pre- and post-show lectures and discussions.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant in 2015, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

The student collaborator was Joanna Buchholz.

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