Margaret Cavendish was an extraordinary figure – a refugee from her native Essex, become courtier, Duchess of Newcastle, Natural Philosopher trading blows with the Royal Society, author and public celebrity. Professor Oakes talks to me about her life and why she is so important. You can also follow an extended series of her life by becoming a shedcaster, at Become a Member – The History of England.
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Professor Margaret Oakes
Margaret is a Professor of English at Furman University in Greenville, SC, specializing in early modern British poetry and drama and detective fiction of all kinds. She holds a B.A. in English and a J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.A. in English from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in English and Humanities from Stanford University. She has published on George Herbert, Francis Bacon, J.K. Rowling, Sara Paretsky, and Dorothy Sayers.
Why not look firther at her book on gender presentation in Shakespeare, To Gender or Not to Gender: Casting and Characters for 21st Century Shakespeare, which will be published by McFarland Books in April, 2024? First discussing gender theory, including modern, individualistic identity, this book leads to deep shifts in thinking about sex, gender identity and expression, and sexuality seen in 21st century Shakespearean production casting, directing, and acting decisions.