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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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Shutting Out Mother Vivie Warren as the New Woman

Shutting Out Mother Vivie Warren as the New Woman

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(p.56) 3 Shutting Out Mother Vivie Warren as the New Woman
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Shaw and Feminisms
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Ann Wilson

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813042435.003.0003

In Shaw's groundbreaking play Mrs Warren's Profession, Vivie Warren seems to break completely with traditional roles for women. Refusing to marry or even continue to have a relationship with her mother, and insisting on her right to a career and financial independence, Vivie seems daring and iconoclastic. But Ann Wilson's analysis of the play through the lens of self-conscious staging and theatricality shows both Vivie and her mother striving to perform particular types of female identities. Moreover, Wilson argues, rather than creating a radically new identity, Vivie's New Woman demonstrates its fundamental dependence on the role of middle-class femininity that her mother has had to play, to a certain extent mitigating the threat that the New Woman posed to the allied projects of femininity and nationalism.

Keywords:   Mrs Warren's Profession, A Doll's House, Drama, Vivie Warren, Bernard Shaw, New Woman, Feminism, Class, theatricality

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