Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII and the mother to Elizabeth I, is a famous historical figure who has been the focus of many fictional dramas. Mysteries surrounding Anne’s looks and her involvement in historical events has created interest that allow historical fiction writers to produce different version of Anne Boleyn on film and in the theater. Multiple of these fictional representation of Anne Boleyn processes feminist ideals that are a result of the feminist wave happening at the time. Though a feminist lens, one can see how the portrayal of Anne Boleyn has varied. This project analyzes the way in which second, third, and fourth-wave feminism have shaped the way Anne Boleyn has been portrayed on television, in film, and on stage.
Semester/Year of Award
Dr. Catherine Stearn
Mentor Department Affiliation
History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Open Access Thesis
Turner, Allison C., "The Many Shades of Anne Boleyn" (2023). Honors Theses. 957.