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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 and Cruelty

Shaw and Cruelty

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Shaw and Feminisms

Lawrence Switzky

University Press of Florida

Shaw maintained an ambivalent attitude about pain, viewing it both as gratuitous cruelty and a necessity for social change and progress. Shaw considered sensitivity to pain a feminine quality, deserving of both scorn and pity. Although he was a strong advocate for women's rights, he sometimes exhibited callous indifference to the suffering that women endured in their relationships with men. In this paper, Lawrence Switzky draws parallels between vivisection, Shaw's relationships with actual women, and the events depicted in Shaw's play The Philanderer.

Keywords:   Bernard Shaw, Drama, Theater, femininity, vivisection, pain, The Philanderer

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