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"한 떼의 적군이 내 성에 들어온들 이 만큼 놀랍겠느냐" : 『바꿔친 신부』에 나타난 여성문제와 정치
An Host of Enemies Entered My Citadel / Could Not Amaze Like This: The Woman Question and Politics in The Changeling

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Authors
김희진
Issue Date
2005
Publisher
서울대학교 인문대학 인문학연구원
Citation
인문논총, Vol.53, pp. 173-197
Keywords
여성문제정치순결여성의 욕망과 성여성성
Abstract
The recent critics tend to see The Changeling as either an attack on political rule,
or as a reflection of the contemporary patriarchal ideology. In these views, The
Changeling demystifies state power and ideology, and in doing so more
aggressively exercises male patriarchal authority.
Reading against these perspectives, this study proposes that The Changeling, a
play influenced by the history of Frances Howard, discloses the matrix of
assumptions that conditioned the way her contemporaries saw her. Middleton and
Rowley use domestic tragedy in order to discusses the conflicts and tensions in sex,
marriage and femininity based on the analogy between family and state. Thus they
reveal the politics of patriarchy that dictated the manner in which she was
represented as an epitome of female villainy, malicious, irrational and lustful. Also
they expose the complicit premises on which family and kingdom were founded.
In The Changeling, Beatrice, who is blamed for her irrational sexual desire by
male characters, tries to guard her familial honor. She is a woman who internalizes
the ideology of a contemporary patriarchal society that is obsessed with preserving
womens chastity as both a symbolic value of her family and a map of the integrity of the state. Through Beatrice, Middleton and Rowley reveal the contradictory
patriarchal discourses that defined woman as a lascivious whore, yet required her
to be chaste. Moreover, her success in the chastity test and the barrenness of the
happy conclusion after her death show that the politics of patriarchy that
contradictorily defines femininity brings society to a crisis.
ISSN
1598-3021
Language
Korean
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/29594
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College of Humanities (인문대학)Institute of Humanities (인문학연구원)Journal of humanities (인문논총)Journal of Humanities vol.53 (2005) (인문논총)
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