Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Publication Source

Disability Studies Quarterly

Volume

29

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

online

ISBN/ISSN

21598371

Abstract

Despite numerous studies of the origins and meanings of Katherine's shrewishness in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, no scholar has analyzed the role of disability in Katherine's feelings of alienation and her ultimate transformation. In the wooing scene, we learn by indirection that Katherine has a limp through the references to the way she walks. This article analyzes the references to Katherine's limp in adaptations of the play during the 17th and 18th centuries, considering the significance of retaining these references even when stage productions of the plays have not included representation of a disabled Katherine. The article then discusses the ways that visual representation of a disabled Katherine in performance might affect interpretations of the meaning of the play, including attention to a 2008 production of the play in which the actress playing Katherine performed the role with a limp.

Keywords

William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew, Katherine, mobility impairment, ugliness, marriage, disability

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

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Link to Original Published Item

http://www.dsq-sds.org/article/view/996/1180