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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Gretchen E. Mintonen
dc.contributor.authorBitz, Amanda Rose Echeverria.en
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-12T14:01:47Z
dc.date.available2013-09-12T14:01:47Z
dc.date.issued2013en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/xmlui/handle/1/2724
dc.description.abstractCurses are present in many of Shakespeare's texts, specifically his first tetralogy and tragic plays. In an effort to elucidate the various effects they have on the plays in which they occur, I apply J.L. Austin's speech act theory to curses, in conjunction with fostering a cultural understanding of the beliefs surrounding curses in the early modern period. The role of curses differs based on the genre of the play in which they are uttered, so this thesis is divided into a chapter on the histories, namely Shakespeare's first tetralogy, and a chapter containing analysis of three tragedies: Titus Andronicus, King Lear, and Timon of Athens.The efficacy of curses varies with their position against Austin's performative and constative speech acts, and they frequently embody characteristics of both. Curses in Shakespearean plays are nearly always feminized and function as a tool for vengeance by marginalized characters, which serve to represent and reinforce the beliefs of the time surrounding curses.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Letters & Scienceen
dc.subject.lcshShakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Literature.en
dc.subject.lcshBlessing and cursing.en
dc.subject.lcshFemininity in literature.en
dc.subject.lcshRevenge in literature.en
dc.titleThe nature of cursing : efficacy, femininity and revenge in Shakespeare's curses
dc.typeThesis
dc.rights.holderCopyright Amanda Rose Echeverria Bitz 2013en
thesis.catalog.ckey2133841en
thesis.degree.committeemembersMembers, Graduate Committee: Gretchen E. Minton (chairperson); David Agruss; Benjamin Leubner.en
thesis.degree.departmentEnglish.en
thesis.degree.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.nameMAen
thesis.format.extentfirstpage1en
thesis.format.extentlastpage57en
mus.identifier.categoryHumanities, Literature & Arts
mus.relation.departmentEnglish.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US


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