Kathryn Finin Presents Paper on Lady Macbeth and American Political Culture

April 4th, 2013 | Tags:
Kathryn Finin, English, recently presented her paper “Gendered Displays:  Lady Macbeth, Politics, and American Culture” at the national Popular Culture Association Conference (March 25-28, 2013) in Washington D.C.  Finin examines how American popular culture (mis)uses Lady Macbeth to render female power and ambition as always already problematic, even malevolent.  Where powerful women are concerned, then, our supposedly “postfeminist” 21st century harnesses Shakespeare’s iconic status to authorize our own gendered stereotypes, limit female subjectivities and circumscribe female agency.