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Shakespeare and blackface

When: Monday, 13 May 2019 - Monday, 13 May 2019
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Seminar Room, Humanities Graduate Centre, Southwest Engineering Building
Start time:17:00

The African Centre for the Study of the United States and the English Department at Wits University will host a talk by Professor Ayanna Thompson.

In this lecture Thompson will discuss the intersection between the history of Shakespearean performance in the US and the birth of blackface minstrelsy.

She is the 2018-19 president of the Shakespeare Association of America. Her books include Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centred Approach (2016); Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America (2011); Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance (2010); Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage (2008); and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (2006).

Professor Ayanna Thompson is Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) at Arizona State University.

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