Our president, Frances Dharmalingam, offers her thoughts on the December meeting:
The guest speaker for our December meeting was Jan Altmann, who gave us
an interesting and entertaining talk on Women in Shakespeare, from the
feminist perspective. Most attention was given to Kate, the 'Shrew',
with a lively consideration of the many different possible
interpretations that can be placed on the ending of the play. Jan also
looked at Lady Macbeth, Queen Gertrude, Ophelia and Desdemona. There
was so much to think about that time rather got away, and Juliet and
Rosalind received only the most cursory glances, much to our
disappointment. Jan explored character and text in detail, and left us
with a wealth of new ideas and insights. Her visit made a lively end to
the year, and offered new thoughts for next year's programme.
The meeting closed with a convivial break-up celebration, and we are now on hiatus until Saturday, 16 February. Compliments of the season to all Shakespeare lovers everywhere!