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Colorblind Shakespeare

New Perspectives on Race and Performance

Edited by Ayanna Thompson

Foreword by Ania Loomba

Routledge – 2007 – 320 pages

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Description

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.

Contents

Foreword. Section 1: The Semiotics of (Not) Viewing Race Section 2: Practicing Colorblindness: The Players Speak Section 3: Future Possibilities/Future DirectionS Afterword: The Blind Side in Colorblind Casting. Notes on Contributors. Index

Author Bio

Ayanna Thompson is Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies at Arizona State University.

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Name: Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by Ayanna ThompsonForeword by Ania Loomba. 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...
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