Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women performing gender in Julius Caesar

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This article explores the way gender resonates in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar through an active study of live performance. Combining pedagogy with performance as an interpretive methodology, this research focuses upon using my unique classroom situation, teaching ultra-Orthodox Jewish adolescent females, as a platform for analysis. Performing Julius Caesar in my classroom represents an inversion of early modern all-male performance. The question explored in this study is: what does this reversal illuminate about constructions of gender among ultra-Orthodox adolescents?.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-172
Number of pages18
JournalResearch in Drama Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2019

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This work was supported by the Bar-Ilan University Presidential Fellowship for Outstanding Scholars.

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Bar-Ilan University


    • Shakespeare
    • adolescents
    • feminism
    • pedagogy
    • performance
    • ultra-Orthodox Jews


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