Shakespearean Adaptation, Race and Memory in the New World

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Shakespearean Adaptation, Race and Memory in the New World

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Author: Joyce Green MacDonald


ISBN: 9783030506827

Date: 25th August, 2021


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  2. Performing Arts
  3. Theatre Studies
  4. History of Performing Arts


As readers head into the second fifty years of the modern critical study of blackness and black characters in Renaissance drama, it has become a critical commonplace to note black female characters' almost complete absence from Shakespeare's plays. Despite this physical absence, however, they still play central symbolic roles in articulating definitions of love, beauty, chastity, femininity, and civic and social standing, invoked as the opposite and foil of women who are "fair". Beginning from this recognition of black women's simultaneous physical absence and imaginative presence, this book argues that modern Shakespearean adaptation is a primary means for materializing black women's often elusive presence in the plays, serving as a vital staging place for historical and political inquiry into racial formation in Shakespeare's world, and our own. Ranging geographically across North America and the Caribbean, and including film and fiction as well as drama as it discusses remade versions of Othello , Romeo and Juliet , Antony and Cleopatra , and The Taming of the Shrew , Shakespearean Adaptation, Race, and Memory in the New World will attract scholars of early modern race studies, gender and performance, and women in Renaissance drama.

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