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The Violent Woman as a New Theatrical Character Type

Cases from Canadian Drama

By (author) Shelley Scott
Genres: Theatre studies
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 5th Apr 2007
ISBN-10: 0773454454
ISBN-13: 9780773454453
Barcode No: 9780773454453
This book analyzes plays by Canadian women that deal with real-life incidents of violent women. In each of the plays under consideration, the playwright is theatrically engaged with the social meaning of the woman's violent act, asking how it was interpreted in public discourse, and investigating the implications of that interpretation. The female playwrights in this study have each made individual choices about the form in which they will tackle their tricky subject matter, and their choices make for varied and intriguing relationships with their audiences. Each play is also placed in the context of its social milieu by means of an examination of some of the inter-textual discourse surrounding its appearance. In every case, the fundamental question remains: what and how does the violent woman mean?

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"Dr. Scott, taking her cue on women who murder from a range of studies on the topic, argues that violent women register differently than violent men do... Whereas men who murder are deviant from the terms of masculinity and its negotiation of the mind and body, women who murder are unsocialized and represent the threat of generating social instability." - Dr. Ann Wilson School of English and Theatre Studies University of Guelph "In her book on violent women in Canadian women's theatre, Dr. Scott puts forth the intriguing thesis that violent women fascinate, horrify and intrigue us in public representations for much the same reason that mythological creatures do: they provide us with telling glimpses into the dark, nightmarish, chaotic depths of the human soul that such monsters represent, while reassuring us that the monsters themselves do not actually exist in real life." - Dr. Moira Day Associate Professor University of Saskatchewan"