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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RACIALIZING AMBITION : THE EMPRESS OF MOROCCO AND THE HEIR OF MOROCCO " Anthony Barthelemy , writing about the representational history of black figures on the early modern stage , argues that there were not many new plays with black ...
“ races ” was tenuous in early modern England , clearly not all Moors were conceived as black.20 Elliot Tokson , for example , argues that the villains of The Empress of Morocco , Crimalhaz and Laula the Queen Mother , were probably ...
For a discussion of the authorship of Notes and Observations on The Empress of Morocco see : Anne Doyle , “ Dryden's Authorship of Notes and Observations on The Empress of Morocco , ” Studies in English Literature , 1500-1900 6 ( 1966 ) ...
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