Date Thesis Awarded

Spring 2013

Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Theatre, Speech & Dance


Laurie J. Wolf

Committee Members

Laura Friedman

Elizabeth Wiley

Richard H. Palmer


In my thesis, I analyze Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" using the works of Victor Turner and Mikhail Bakhtin, searching the text for liminality, carnival, and communitas. The thesis accounts for a production of the play that I directed in Fall 2012, in which we sought to create liminal theatrical experiences for the audience, bringing them into a state of communitas. The extension of agency and community to the audience parallels the play's "opening," which occurs in the second half in its pastoral scenes.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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