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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Likewise , in giving a brief history of the Dutch destruction of the English islands , Digges emphasizes that the " Natives ” were handled in a similar fashion . He writes that the “ Orankeyes ... were presently brought to the torture ...
Dutch desire to make the English into their doubles and foils . The Dutch description of their torture techniques reveals this desire : a Van Her : In a few words , Gentlemen confess . There is a Beverage ready for you else , which ...
phlet written at roughly the same time makes the connections between the Dutch and the Turks even more explicit . William De Britaine thought the Dutch were the " scourge of Europe ” who had “ made greater distempers and confusions ...
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