Heterotopia and early modern friendship within Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona"

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dc.contributor Drouin, Jennifer
dc.contributor Burch, Steven D.
dc.contributor.advisor O'Dair, Sharon
dc.contributor.author Morris, Sarah Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:26:47Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:26:47Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000927
dc.identifier.other Morris_alatus_0004M_11040
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1420
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Critics and scholars alike have often overlooked the role of the forest within Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona in reinforcing the play's focus on homosocial bonds. Viewing this setting according to Michel Foucault's concept of heterotopia, though, establishes the forest as a transformative space which rivals the nature of Shakespeare's latter sylvan settings in complexity. In Two Gents' forest scenes, the protagonists' actions and social statures are realigned through the representation, inversion, and contestation of the spatial and social relationships presented earlier in the play. Although Valentine and Proteus begin the play as equals, by the time they enter the forest Valentine has been banished and lost his social standing (although he still acts like a gentlemen), while Proteus is only a gentleman in name. The forest acts as a space where the social hierarchy can flip, giving Valentine the power to bar Proteus from their friendship, just as he was banished from the Duke's court, and then to forgive Proteus, foreshadowing his own reinstatement into the Duke's court. The protagonists' social relationship is defined by their spatial one, or, in other words, how their friendship hinges on equality, since they are one soul in two bodies. The forest, as a heterotopic space, allows the protagonists to regain equal stature, and thus, reinforces the play's emphasis on homosocial bonds.
dc.format.extent 67 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Literature
dc.subject.other British and Irish literature
dc.subject.other European studies
dc.title Heterotopia and early modern friendship within Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona"
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of English
etdms.degree.discipline English
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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