In Renaissance England, a woman’ s body was a controversy; the womb controlled the body and was the cause of most illnesses, but the body needed the womb to exist. There were many maladies that a woman could be suffering from if she was ill in any way which made its way into theatres. Dramatic theatres, as seen in example of Tis Pity She’s a Whore, by John Ford, mock and manipulate boy actors playing pregnant women in attempts to uncover the womb’ s secrets. Anatomy theatres tried to portray women as anatomically correct, but failed as well by exposing women as the male counterpart.
Jennifer Everson, ’07 Neenah, WI
Major: Classical Studies
Sponsor: Kirilka Stavreva