Shakespeare’s Weird Sisters – In Between Outlandish Womanhood and Prophesing Moirae

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This study intends to map the meandering expression of otherness when womanhood constructs an epiphanic encounter with time and fortune. Hereinafter, hegemonic, oppressive masculinity meets peripheral, prophesying femininity in an intricate exercise of doing and becoming Shakespeare‘s Weird Sisters, forming a complex mythological construction, whose uniqueness arises from the duality of their personae, reflection of displaced femininity, somewhat grotesque, peripheral within the realm of marginality itself. They are not only weird expressions of the Other, they are the other self of themselves, as alter ego expressions. There is a constant, minutely woven border crossing that does not only (re)define the geometry of becoming, but it also permeates gender constructions, making femaleness look androgynous and ruthless. Foretelling dreams of glory, mightiness or summoning lost humanity, these three Parcae rewrite the myth of the androgynous and its story about the quest of the Other. It is this Other that will be explored from a variety of angles that speak of masculinity, femininity, sanity, irrationality, consciousness, unconsciousness, freewill and fate.

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