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        Women, Identity and Disguise in Shakespeare’s Comedies

        In this media gallery, you will find a series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered that offer insight into how Shakespeare represented women in Twelfth Night and As You Like It, and how he played with identity and disguise for comedic effect. As you view the videos and complete the activities, think about the role of women in the plays and consider how they are both empowered and restricted.

        Women in the Comedies

        In this video from Shakespeare Uncovered, learn about the extraordinary comic heroines of Shakespeare’s comedies As You Like It and Twelfth Night.

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        Heroines in Disguise | Shakespeare Uncovered

        This video from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the classical tradition of male actors playing female characters who then dressed up as young men. In Shakespeare's time this was a comic device, but it also had some practical and dramatic advantages.

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        Superior to Men? | Shakespeare Uncovered

        This video from Shakespeare Uncovered features Shakespearean scholars discussing how they interpret the Bard's feelings toward women using the characters in his plays as a guide.

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        Introduction to Rosalind | Shakespeare Uncovered

        In this video from Shakespeare Uncovered, meet the smart, witty, vivacious, and groundbreaking character of Rosalind from As You Like It.

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        Women in Shakespeare: How the First Actresses Left Their Mark

        In this video from Shakespeare Uncovered, meet the first actresses to play female roles in Shakespeare’s plays.

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        Funder: Shakespeare Uncovered is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the generous support of the project’s lead foundation sponsor, the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation. Major funding is also provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Polonsky Foundation, Virginia and Dana Randt, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and PBS.
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