Goodnight Desdemona: a Feminist Introspection of Shakespeare

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Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good morningJuliet) uses intertextuality to unveil the complete Shakespearean characters of Juliet and Desdemona to reveal the feminist narrative lurking between lines of Shakespeare’s plays. Only through the intertextual re-examination of the Shakespearean text itself via the interjection of genre and the reassigning of dialogue, within the metatheatre, is the true feminist representation of the female Shakespearian characters unveiled from behind the patriarchal preconceptions. From this understanding we may read Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) to be true feminist reworking of Shakespeare. Therefore the metatheatre’s intertextuality reinforces and supports the traits of the feminine.…show more content…
Mark Fortier considers the Gustav Manuscript from the play which Constance uses to uncover the earlier versions of Othello and Romeo and Juliet which uncover the earlier source female characters.(Fortier Undead,348) Fortier also touches on the intermingling of genre in the reveal of the origin source version of the narratives as discussed above. Fortier explores MacDonald’s use of intertextuality between the Gustav Manuscript, allegedly containing the original texts used by Shakespeare, and Constance’s realisation of the Gustav women being made from peripheral parts in Shakespeare’s version.(Fortier Undead, 349) This is yet another layer of Intertextaulization and metatheatre working within Goodnight Desdemona as now not only is MacDonald applying Shakespeare in her adaptation, she also applies the notion of the original source document to Shakespeare in the discovery of the Gustav women hidden within Shakespeare, thus through intertextuality

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