“I grant I am a woman”: Gender and Silence in Julius Caesar

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Scholars have come to appreciate the rhetorical power and meaningfulness of silence and listening. Silence, as a rhetorical trope, speaks to us in Julius Caesar as well, illustrating the marginality of women in the context of the politics and history of ancient Rome. In order to better understand Shakespeare’s construction of gender, I will focus on his transformation of Plutarch, as well as on the silences that are enfolded within. I will argue that by depicting two contrasting types of marriage, Shakespeare metonymically invokes two contrasting modes of political governance: felicitous republicanism and dysfunctional monarchy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-120
Number of pages14
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2019

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, © 2018 Esther B. Schupak.


I would like to thank Bar-Ilan University for the Presidential Fellowship for Outstanding Scholars that funded this research.

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Bar-Ilan University


    • Calpurnia
    • Plutarch
    • Portia and Brutus
    • Rhetoric
    • marriage


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