Gender representations in dramatic texts for young audiences in the period 2015–2021

Published: Dec 21, 2023
gender representations gender theatre for young audiences
Maria Dimaki-Zora
Asimina Charalampous

This article concerns a research on gender representations in dramatic texts intended for young audiences. It has been based on the master’s degree thesis of Ms. Asimina Charalampous, supervised by Ms. Maria Dimaki-Zora. Twenty original plays, intended for young audiences, written by Greek male and female dramatists, were selected. These were published in the period 2015–2021. Our interest focused on the way gender was represented, the existence of gender stereotypes and the possible reproduction of inequalities. In addition, we investigated the presence of this type of stereotypes in the way gender has been represented in modern Greek drama for young audiences over time. The conclusions we have reached demonstrate that some progress has been made in the way gender is represented in recent dramatic production, since there are plays in which the girl is the “acting subject” or has positive characteristics that traditionally identify with the male gender. Unfortunately, however, these cases are the exception. In the vast majority of plays under examination, stereotypical representations of man and woman, boy and girl dominate and reproduce sexist norms and patriarchal notions.

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Maria Dimaki-Zora, Εθνικό και Καποδιστριακό Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών

Maria Dimaki-Zora is an Associate Professor of Theatre Studies at the Department of Pedagogy and Primary Education of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is the Director of the Art and Speech Laboratory of the same Department. She has taken part in Greek and international conferences and has published scientific monographs and articles on modern Greek drama as well as the theatre for young audiences. She is the scientific responsible for the "Theatre for Children and Youth" series at Kapa Publishing House, which is dedicated to plays for children, and a member of the "Committee for the State Prize for Writing a Play for Children" of the Greek Ministry of Culture.

Asimina Charalampous, Primary education teacher, Master's Degree on Language – literature – theatre in education

Asimina Charalampous is a primary school educator and has taught for 30 years in private and public primary schools. She graduated from the Department of Pedagogy and Primary Education at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 1990. She has translated two psychology books from English into Greek. In 2023, she completed the postgraduate programme of the Department of Pedagogy and Primary Education entitled "Social Sciences and Humanities in Education" with a specialisation in language – literature – theatre in education.

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