Date

2019

Department or Program

English

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Sarah Wall-Randell

Abstract

Hoping to capitalize off of the '90s teen movie phenomenon and the “Girl Power” movement, Hollywood created two films in quick succession: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and She's the Man (2005). Each film is adapted from one of Shakespeare's plays: 10 Things I Hate About You is based on The Taming of the Shrew, while She's the Man is based on Twelfth Night. This thesis explores the ways in which Shakespeare has been adapted for modern teenage audiences. It also examines the themes of feminism and gender within the films, since both have been marketed to audiences as "Girl Power" movies.

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