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Performative Physicality in Eliza Haywood's "Fantomina"

One of Eliza Haywood’s earlier works, “Fantomina” is part of Haywood’s investigation into female sexuality and expression through her fiction. With physical descriptions limited to Fantomina’s disguises, the novella takes on a theatrical nature, emphasizing Fantomina’s performance of emotion; however, the physical nature of the plot suggests the danger of true female expression, no matter how performative.

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EnglishSarah Burk
The Empty Center: Custom and Virtue in Hamlet

In Hamlet, custom acts as a lens through which Hamlet judges the people around him, particularly Gertrude and Claudius, viewing traditions as empty habits that encourage vice. For Hamlet, customs are artificial and devoid of meaning; furthermore, as they are perpetuated habitually, they become a channel of vice.

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EnglishSarah Burk