Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage
Routledge, 2008 - 174
Performing 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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... of " discourse and flesh ” in the popular ... eighteenth - and nineteenth - century American imaginary ” ( 43 ) . For Johnson , the history of the eighteenth- and nineteenth - centuries informs all performances of race in America .
For Giroux , the images recall the history of American domination . ” While I agree with Carby , Gordon , and Giroux that there is a “ line ” that connects the digital images from Abu Ghraib with other iconic events / images that help ...
Mark Danner , Torture and Truth : America , Abu Ghraib , and the War on Terror ( New York : New York Review of Books , 2004 ) ... Jacqueline Goldsby , A Spectacular Secret : Lynching in American Life and Literature ( Chicago : Chicago ...
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