Event Title

Let Her be a Part of the Narrative: Eliza Hamilton’s Role in Hamilton the Musical

Presenter Information

Kelly Kaveney

Faculty Advisor

Joanne Diaz

Graduation Year

2018

Location

Room E101, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

21-4-2018 11:00 AM

End Date

21-4-2018 12:00 PM

Description

In today’s society, it is difficult not to hear about the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. While a variety of critics and spectators of the show recognize the strength and fascinating qualities of characters such as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, very few acknowledge the immense strength represented by Eliza, the accomplished wife of Alexander. Although many find her character to be dull, uneventful, and often not seen as anything more than “good,” Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton demonstrates immense character development and accomplishes a tremendous amount throughout her lifetime in addition to embodying the domesticity of women of her era. In researching Eliza’s character in Hamilton, I have looked into the historical figure’s portrayal in Ron Chernow’s biography, Alexander Hamilton, am comparing Eliza’s accomplishments to the expectations of the women of her time period, I am analyzing Eliza’s lyrics in the musical, and I am looking further into how Eliza is represented in other plays and historical fiction novels and comparing that to how she is represented in Hamilton.

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Apr 21st, 11:00 AM Apr 21st, 12:00 PM

Let Her be a Part of the Narrative: Eliza Hamilton’s Role in Hamilton the Musical

Room E101, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

In today’s society, it is difficult not to hear about the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. While a variety of critics and spectators of the show recognize the strength and fascinating qualities of characters such as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, very few acknowledge the immense strength represented by Eliza, the accomplished wife of Alexander. Although many find her character to be dull, uneventful, and often not seen as anything more than “good,” Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton demonstrates immense character development and accomplishes a tremendous amount throughout her lifetime in addition to embodying the domesticity of women of her era. In researching Eliza’s character in Hamilton, I have looked into the historical figure’s portrayal in Ron Chernow’s biography, Alexander Hamilton, am comparing Eliza’s accomplishments to the expectations of the women of her time period, I am analyzing Eliza’s lyrics in the musical, and I am looking further into how Eliza is represented in other plays and historical fiction novels and comparing that to how she is represented in Hamilton.