Shakespeare and Race Shakespeare


To coincide with Black History Month in October, Shakespeare offers a selection of articles published in the journal over the last ten years that have dealt with themes of race, religion and postcolonialism. A wide range of topics and methodologies is represented. Some of the pieces included, like those by Andrew Gurr, Ladan Niayesh, Janna Segal and Arlynda Boyer, consider the treatment of racial difference on the Shakespearean stage. Others, like those by Imtiaz Habib and Duncan Salkeld, discuss archival material that offers insight into the lives of black people in Shakespeare's London. Jyotsna Singh and Gitanjali Shahani survey postcolonial criticism of Shakespeare.

Several articles consider Shakespeare in production, from Hilary Gatti's piece on the first Italian Othello, through Martin Orkin's on Shakespeare on the Israeli stage, to Rebecca Agar's review of Iqbal Khan's 2015 production of Othello in Stratford-upon-Avon. James O'Rourke uses the work of African-American comedian Dave Chappelle as his basis for a discussion of the treatment of race in Trevor Nunn's 1999 Merchant of Venice. Finally, Richard Wilson revisits Le Proche et le Lointain by the Jewish critic Richard Marienstras, finding within its discussion of power and violence a response to the trauma of Nazism and the Holocaust.

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