Kim Hall: “Othello Was My Grandfather: Shakespeare in the African Diaspora”

Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture Series presented by Folger Institute

Monday, June 27, 2016, 7:00 pm
Folger Theatre
$15/$10 for members

Join Dr. Kim Hall, Lucyle Hook Chair and Professor of English and Africana Studies at Barnard College, for a special lecture.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Hall holds a doctorate in sixteenth and seventeenth century English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.   Her research and teaching cover Renaissance/Early Modern Literature and Culture, Critical Race Theory, Black Feminist Studies, Slavery Studies, Visual Culture, Food Studies, and Digital Humanities.

Her book, Things of Darkness, published in 1996 by Cornell University Press, used a black feminist approach to interpret Renaissance literature.  This groundbreaking work on racial discourses in sixteenth and seventeenth century Britain helped generate a new wave of scholarship on race in Shakespeare and Renaissance/Early Modern texts. Her second book, Othello: Texts and Contexts (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2006) offers readers visual and verbal textual materials that illuminate themes in Shakespeare’s play Othello: The Moor of Venice. She is currently working on two book projects: Sweet Taste of Empire, which examines the roles of race, aesthetics and gender in the Anglo-Caribbean sugar trade during the seventeenth century and a new project, "Othello was My Grandfather": Shakespeare and the African Diaspora, which discusses Afrodiasporic appropriations of Othello.