Since the production of her first solo play, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), she has become widely known and revered in the theatrical and literary. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald. Ann- Marie MacDonald. Photo by David Hawe. Used with permission from Random. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) [Ann-Marie MacDonald] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this exuberant comedy and.

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Rejected and manipulated by Professor Night, she believes at the outset of the play that she is a failed scholar and lover. Constance wishes that she could go back home. While tragedies were characterized by goofnight yet necessary and unavoidable endings according to ancient Greek and Roman modelscomedies resolved in happy and hopeful conclusions.

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In “Feminist Thematics and Shakespearean Goodnighg Richard Levin takes to task that body of feminist critics who take a thematic approach to Shakespeare’s tragedies.

She is inspired by the strength of Juliet and Desdemona, characters that have been misinterpreted by the male-dominated academic world. Low in status and self-esteem, Ledbelly is a university researcher bullied by a self-important professor and persisting with unfashionable lines of inquiry about alchemy in Shakespeare’s canon. Desdemoona was the center of the English-speaking theater scene in s Canada, a scene that had flourished since the s. Although MacDonald has resisted classifying the play as an exclusively feminist work, she is goomdorning selfproclaimed feminist, and critics argue that her analysis of Shakespearean culture and the academic world rests heavily on the feminist tradition.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

Be that gooddnight it may, the fact remains that, on the whole, the women in Shakespeare’s tragedies do not fare well. Constance’s chief function as the “Wise Fool” and, more important, as the “Author” and feminist literary scholar of the play is to formulate a comedy out of a tragedy.

Romeo and Juliet begin to fight over Constance, and Constance tells them to apologize. In literary studies, feminism has concentrated on critiquing the male-dominated literary canon, reevaluating the role of women in literature, studying writings about women, and exploring gender identity.

Although Othello was probably first performed after the queen’s death init and Romeo and Juliet are associated with Elizabethan goodnighh and society. Othello, of course, thinks she is a prophet or seer, since she knows so much about his life. As we join Constance in her quest, identifying with her and becoming detectives ourselves, we can experience at least to a limited extent our own conversion, becoming our own authors. Thus we have one man dressed as a woman and two women disguised as men with desdemoa audience’s awareness that in Shakespeare’s time, all women’s roles were played by males in female dress, adding a third goodnifht to the reversals.


In the process, contemporary spectators are offered the possibility of working out their own problems. This point is rendered doubly ironic by the fact that MacDonald uses the quintessential young lovers of Western literature to make this point, borrowing some goonight Shakespeare’s most romantic lines to portray the double pursuit of Constance…. Robust and energetic, full of repartee, wit, and feminist and philosophical references, it is nonetheless accessible to individuals who might not be as academically versed.

Runs to March 8. In borrowing Shakespeare’s lines, MacDonald sometimes uses them as is, sometimes omits passages to abbreviate and tighten long speeches lago’s gulling of Othello, for instanceand sometimes condenses two different speeches into one. Acceding to the truth of her vision, that one must live by questions, desvemona solutions, and be content in confusion rather than clinging to over-simplified certainties, the two heroines are reconciled in their love for Constance. This participation is a “power” indeed, because it invites contemporary readers to reinvent history outside the accepted patriarchal discourse.

In Goodnight DesdemonaRomeo is a figure of comic relief because of his inconstant and often ridiculous passions. But this time, Constance gets the pun:. If you’re going to have a collaborator on a play, it might as well be a good one, goodnighr I suppose they don’t come any better than William Shakespeare. Desdempna error Filming Othello.

However, she is too timid to show her skeptical boss, professor Claude Night, that she is right. Both interactions reveal that Constance is not even a match for her students. The fact that she is a woman is crucial to this lack of confidence; Constance tells Desdemona that she is not “some kind of feminist. Constance arrives during the scene in which Iago tells Othello that his lieutenant Cassio is in possession of Desdemona’s handkerchief.

Romeo’s various homosexual and heterosexual desires suggest that he is an adolescent with shifting passions but no uuliet convictions. Both tragedy and comedy used humor, and a comedy could be entirely serious. Constance wonders whether she has permanently changed Shakespeare’s work and resolves to find the “Wise Fool”, a typical Shakespearean character, who secures the happy ending of a comedy.


She vamps it up as Ramona, Professor Night’s inamorata, and can swashbuckle with the best as Mercutio. She wins a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University and travels there with the professor, who has bought her a diamond ring.

Indeed, their bond is deepened by the realization that they are both women, metaphorical sisters. Desdemona and Juliet are rewritten according to MacDonald’s s feminist values. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle and other writers contributed to the strict distinction between comedy and tragedy that was common to the Elizabethan period.

Not only did Shakespeare write that “all the world’s a stage,” he saw to it that his stages went all over the literary world as well. Juliet enters and starts to stab herself out of sorrow, but Constance stops her, and they embrace.

Two Elizabethan courtiers turn into the soulmates of Waiting for Godot’s Vladimir and Estragon—existential heroes in an Elizabethan dezdemona. The stereotypical macho images presented here are reinforced by the lewd jokes and puns that the three men exchange as they anticipate visiting the baths, full of references to the pox and maidenheads and wenches, while Constance, watching, bites her thumb-nail.

On a deeper level, however, the play raises questions about the ways in which identity is constructed and the impact of gender and societal expectations upon this process. In scene 1, Constance works on her doctoral dissertation, which claims that Romeo and Juliet and Othello were originally comedies written by an unknown author and that this can be proved by decoding a manuscript written by an alchemist named Gustav.

The play embroiders on juljet theme, portraying her as adventurous, aggressive, even bloodthirsty, while Othello becomes a pompous windbag, fond of telling old war stories. Back to Search Results.

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Like Desdemona and Juliet, she has an impulse toward self-destruction and tragedy. A laugh comes from goodmornign the stage, which Constance identifies as belonging to Yorick, based on an earlier graveyard scene where she had encountered a ghost. We’re ready to fall on our knees and say thank goodnorning for the return of a Canadian classic. Juliet exclaims that she loves her all the more.

Like Othello, Desdemona is jealous and gullible enough to commit murder.