Better off dead?: the creative practice of reviving Ophelia

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Carniel, Jessica. 2016. "Better off dead?: the creative practice of reviving Ophelia." TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. 20 (Special Issue 36). https://doi.org/10.52086/001c.27054
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Better off dead?: the creative practice of reviving Ophelia

ERA Journal ID35836
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AuthorCarniel, Jessica
Journal TitleTEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses
Journal Citation20 (Special Issue 36)
Number of Pages11
Year2016
PublisherAustralasian Association of Writing Programs
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1327-9556
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.52086/001c.27054
Web Address (URL)http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue36/content.htm
Abstract

Various attempts have been made to reclaim Shakespeare’s heroines from tragic fates and patriarchal oppression. Hamlet’s Ophelia has been a particular source of inspiration for writers and filmmakers but, as with many heroines of the tragedies, the greatest challenge for revising Ophelia is rewriting her death, which is the pivotal point of her narrative significance in the original play. Framed within a broader consideration of the feminist project to revive and reclaim Ophelia in the 1990s and beyond, this article considers how treatment of Ophelia’s death in twenty-first century has been the significant narrative turning point for adaptations and appropriations. This focus on her death has either facilitated or compromised her subjectivity and agency. The article
concludes with suggestions for the other thematic and technical possibilities afforded to both creative writers and literary scholars engaged in the process of canonical revision.

KeywordsShakespeare, feminism, Ophelia, creative writing
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
360201. Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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