Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage
By (author) Ayanna Thompson
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Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage by Ayanna Thompson
Book DescriptionPerforming Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage provides the first sustained reading of Restoration plays through a performance theory lens. This approach shows that an analysis of the conjoined performances of torture and race not only reveals the early modern interest in the nature of racial identity, but also how race was initially coded in a paradoxical fashion as both essentially fixed and socially constructed. An examination of scenes of torture provides the most effective way to unearth these seemingly contradictory representations of race because depictions of torture often interrogate the incongruous desire to substitute the visible and manipulable materiality of the body for the more illusive performative nature of identity. In turn, Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage challenges the long-standing assumption that early modern conceptions of race were radically different in their fluidity from post-Enlightenment ones by demonstrating how many of the debates we continue to have about the nature of racial identity were engendered by these seventeenth-century performances.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415957212
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ayanna Thompson
Passing Strange, Paperback (April 2013)
Passing Strange attempts to bring contemporary race studies and contemporary Shakespeare studies into an honest and sustained dialogue, demonstrating both how and why instability is the nature of the relationship between Shakespeare and race in American popular culture.
Weyward Macbeth, Hardback (February 2010)» View all books by Ayanna Thompson
The accomplished contributors add significant understanding to the staging and teaching of Macbeth and reflect on the rich history of African Americans struggling to find a voice on the American stage.
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Author Biography - Ayanna Thompson
Ayanna Thompson in Assistant Professor of English and Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Her edited collection, Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance, was published by Routledge in 2007.
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