October 16, 2017 On Campus
2017-10-16 17:00 2017-10-16 18:30 America/New_York ​Brace Student Fellow | Body of a Woman, Heart of a King School Room, Abbot Hall Andover

​Brace Student Fellow | Body of a Woman, Heart of a King

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., School Room, Abbot Hall
What can we learn from English Renaissance drama about the representation of female politicians in modern media


Recent political elections show that the media has revolutionized the way we consume candidates’ images and identities. In the 2016 presidential election, depictions of gender were especially powerful in determining how constituents perceived candidates. Certain tropes that surround female politicians—confused gender expression, hypersexuality, and violent, robotic ambition— undermine their legitimacy, and a vast spectrum of equally unfavorable images prevents turning a sense of unease into a collectively voiced complaint. By analyzing cultural history, we can learn to interpret images that so heavily influence the American political system.

Kaitlin Kan ’18’s research explains these tropes through analogous images from English Renaissance drama. Extensive commentary surrounding the dramas will give the tropes scholarly clarity, unearthing internalized values that dictate choices made in images both modern and Elizabethan. Kan’s presentation will expose the underlying perceptions of women in politics that inform their media representations.

School Room, Abbot Hall 
(24 School St., on the Abbot campus)

Free and open to the public. Dinner will be served. Faculty advisor: John Bird, Instructor in English.

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