International Journal of English Research

ISSN: 2455-2186

Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2016)

Re-writing the world: A spectroscopic reflection in William Shakespeare’s oeuvre, Macbeth: A critical review

Author(s): Dr. Venkateswarlu Yesapogu
Abstract: Re-writing the world- A Spectroscopic reflection in William Shakespeare’s Oeuvre, Macbeth-A critical review, aims to study how Shakespeare’s world and the Queer studies are very deeply intertwined. Shakespeare’s oeuvre while portraying all the traits surrounding what it means to be 'human', talks about affection, abhorrence, mistrustfulness, identity, sexuality, thereby positing it as biased if a 'queer ' interpretation of Shakespeare is overlooked. For the reason that though Queer Studies is comparatively a modern development, even in the sixteenth century, it found its voice in Shakespeare - which includes Shakespeare the playwright, the works, and the concepts behind it. Along with considering the fluid beliefs of queer theory, the paper will also try to reflect how trans identities contest the notion of gender as a biological or social construct and as an alternative, explore that which is undefined and anti-normative.

William Shakespeare's works are masterful representations of all times and his masterpieces are able to successfully diminish the cultural and varied differences across time and place. All the more so in this twenty-first century, the variations and differences find an utterance, an expression and a space to open up, be dealt with and thereby, transform. And the play that substantiates and exemplifies it in totality is Macbeth, one of the masterworks by the Bard. Shakespeare begins the play with words such as “weird” and “fairy” which today we associate with queerness and the marginalized. In “Queer and Now” (from the anthology Tendencies, 1993) Sedgwick persistently argues against a ‘monolithic understanding of sexuality’ that presume sexual identity as a static identity category and instead works to ‘destabilize common sense’ approaches to sexual identity. Shakespeare in Macbeth can be seen to apply the same destabilizing technique by blurring the boundaries between the masculine and the feminine in the character of Lady Macbeth and the three witches.
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