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Join Shakespeare scholar Richard McCoy for an examination of the racial politics in three of his great tragedies: Titus Andronicus, Othello, and Antony and Cleopatra.
Professor Miles Grier of Queens College and Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper of Shakespeare’s Globe will join Professor McCoy as guest lecturers during this course.
Investigating Shakespeare’s conceptions of race through his prismatic wordplay, complex characterization, and historical context, McCoy and a series of expert guest speakers join participants in exploring the mysterious and tragic dimensions of bigotry and otherness. Tracing these ideas from the Renaissance up to the present moment, find out what these endlessly fascinating plays can teach us about our time and ourselves.
Special Guest Lecturers:
Miles Grier: March 9 and April 6
Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper: March 23
Sessions will take place on March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and April 6 from 10:30-12 pm.
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Richard McCoy is Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, and author Faith in Shakespeare (Oxford, 2013).
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Miles P. Grier is Assistant Professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York …
Miles P. Grier is Assistant Professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York. He is author of the forthcoming monograph tentatively entitled Inkface: Othello and the Formation of White Interpretive Community, 1604-1855 and co-editor of Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies. His previous essays addressing the history of racial profiling, Joni Mitchell’s blackface pimp alter ego, and the trope of blackness as illiteracy in early modern English theatre and travel literature have appeared in Politics and Culture, Genders, Journal of Popular Music Studies, William and Mary Quarterly, and the volume Scripturalizing the Human.
Farah Karim-Cooper is Professor of Shakespeare Studies, King’s College London and Head of Higher Education & Research at Shakespeare’s Globe …
Farah Karim-Cooper is Professor of Shakespeare Studies, King’s College London and Head of Higher Education & Research at Shakespeare’s Globe, where she has worked for the last 16 years. Farah is Vice-President of the Shakespeare Association of America after having served three years as Trustee.
She is on the Advisory Council for the Warburg Institute and has held Visiting fellowships around the world. She leads the architectural enquiries into early modern theatres at Shakespeare’s Globe, overseeing the research into the design and construction of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the Globe’s indoor Jacobean theatre.
She has published over 40 chapters in books, reviews and articles and is a General Editor for Arden’s Shakespeare in the Theatre series and their Critical Intersections Series. She has written two books: Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama (Edinburgh University Press, 2006, revised ed. 2019) and The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch and the Spectacle of Dismemberment (Arden 2016). She has also co-edited Shakespeare’s Globe: A Theatrical Experiment with Christie Carson (Cambridge University Press, 2008); Shakespeare’s Theatres and the Effects of Performance with Tiffany Stern (Arden 2012) and Moving Shakespeare Indoors: Performance and Repertoire in the Jacobean Playhouse with Andrew Gurr (Cambridge University Press, 2014); she recently edited a collection for Arden, Titus Andronicus: The State of Play (2019) and has edited John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi for the Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama, edited by Jeremy Lopez (2020). She is currently writing a book on Shakespeare and Race.
In 2018 she curated the Globe’s first Shakespeare and Race Festival. She is an executive board member for RaceB4Race, a consortium of Scholars and institutions that seek racial justice in the field of pre-modern literary studies. In the UK she is creating the first ever Scholars of Colour network.