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Shaw and FeminismsOn Stage and Off$
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D. A. Hadfield and Jean Reynolds

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042435

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042435.001.0001

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Shaw's Athletic-Minded Women

Shaw's Athletic-Minded Women

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(p.18) (p.19) 1 Shaw's Athletic-Minded Women
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Shaw and Feminisms
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Tracy J. R. Collins

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813042435.003.0001

Shaw's disdain for the traditional “womanly woman” and support for female education are well known, and considerable attention has been paid to the way his female characters exhibit social and intellectual emancipation. However, scholars have so far overlooked Shaw's emphasis on the physical dimension of women's emancipation and his insistent support for physical fitness and athleticism in women. Tracy Collins surveys Shaw's oeuvre in light of contemporary feminist theories of the body, highlighting the extraordinary physicality of his female characters and the integral role it plays for their liberation from confining, conventional gender roles.

Keywords:   Bernard Shaw, Drama, actresses, athleticism, feminism, gender, Victorian period

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