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The great white bard : how to love Shakespeare while talking about race / Farah Karim-Cooper.


"As we witness monuments of white Western history fall, many are asking how is Shakespeare still relevant? Professor Farah Karim-Cooper has dedicated her career to the Bard, which is why she wants to take the playwright down from his pedestal to unveil a Shakespeare for the twenty-first century. If we persist in reading Shakespeare as representative of only one group, as the very pinnacle of the white Western canon, then he will truly be in peril. Combining piercing analysis of race, gender and otherness in famous plays from Antony and Cleopatra to The Tempest with a radical reappraisal of Elizabethan London, The Great White Bard asks us neither to idealize nor bury Shakespeare but instead to look him in the eye and reckon with the discomforts of his plays, playhouses and society. In inviting new perspectives and interpretations, we may yet prolong and enrich his extraordinary legacy"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593489376
  • ISBN: 0593489373
  • Physical Description: vii, 328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First United States edition.
  • Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2023.

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General Note:
Place of publication from publisher's website.
"First published in hardcover in Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, and Australia by Oneworld Publications, London, in 2023."--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-318) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue -- The making of a great White bard -- Barbarous spectacle -- Mythologising the tawny queen -- Model minority -- Staging hate -- Shakespeare's White settler -- Tragedy and interracial poetry -- Anti-Black comedy -- Epilogue.
Subject: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 > Criticism and interpretation.
Race in literature.
Other (Philosophy) in literature.

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Covington Branch 822.33 D48k 2023 (Text) 33126025188321 New Adult Nonfiction Available -

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