Better off dead?: the creative practice of reviving Ophelia

Carniel, Jessica (2016) Better off dead?: the creative practice of reviving Ophelia. TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, (Special Issue) (36). ISSN 1327-9556

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Various attempts have been made to reclaim Shakespeare’s heroines from tragic fates and patriarchal oppression. Hamlet’s Ophelia has been a particular source of inspiration for writers and filmmakers but, as with many heroines of the tragedies, the greatest challenge for revising Ophelia is rewriting her death, which is the pivotal point of her narrative significance in the original play. Framed within a broader consideration of the feminist project to revive and reclaim Ophelia in the 1990s and beyond, this article considers how treatment of Ophelia’s death in twenty-first century has been the significant narrative turning point for adaptations and appropriations. This focus on her death has either facilitated or compromised her subjectivity and agency. The article
concludes with suggestions for the other thematic and technical possibilities afforded to both creative writers and literary scholars engaged in the process of canonical revision.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 'Copyright of all work published in TEXT remains with the authors.' Published version made available under open access.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 02:24
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2018 04:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shakespeare, feminism, Ophelia, creative writing
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)

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