9780415978026

Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415978026

  • ISBN10:

    0415978025

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2006-09-12
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

The systematic practice of non-traditional or "colorblind" casting began with Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival in the 1950s. Although colorblind casting has been practiced for half a century now, it still inspires vehement controversy and debate. This collection of fourteen original essays explores both the production history of colorblind casting in cultural terms and the theoretical implications of this practice for reading Shakespeare in a contemporary context.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
ix
Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xiii
Ania Loomba
Practicing a Theory/Theorizing a Practice: An Introduction to Shakespearean Colorblind Casting
1(26)
Ayanna Thompson
Part I: The Semiotics of (Not) Viewing Race
Ocular Revisions: Re-casting Othello in Text and Performance
27(20)
Angela C. Pao
Colorblind Casting in Single-Sex Shakespeare
47(22)
Sujata Iyengar
Faux Show: Falling into History in Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost
69(20)
Courtney Lehmann
When Race Matters: Reading Race in Richard III and Macbeth
89(14)
Lisa M. Anderson
Ira Aldridge, Shakespeare, and Color-Conscious Performances in Nineteenth-Century Europe
103(22)
Krystyna Kujawinska Courtney
Part II: Practicing Colorblindness: The Players Speak
My Own Private Shakespeare; or, Am I Deluding Myself?
125(12)
Antonio Ocampo-Guzman
In The Blood: William Shakespeare, August Wilson, and a Black Director
137(20)
Ayanna Thompson
Timothy Douglas
Part III: Future Possibilities/Future Directions
Civic ShakesPR: Middlebrow Multiculturalism, White Television, and the Color Bind
157(30)
Richard Burt
Gestures of Performance: Rethinking Race in Contemporary Shakespeare
187(18)
Margo Hendricks
The Cleopatra Complex: White Actresses on the Interracial ``Classic'' Stage
205(16)
Celia R. Daileader
The Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Rose Rage: Whiteness, Terror, and the Fleshwork of Theatre in a Post-Colorblind Age
221(20)
Francesca T. Royster
Afterword: The Blind Side in Colorblind Casting 241(10)
Peter Erickson
Notes on Contributors 251(4)
Index 255

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