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Farah Karim-Cooper on The Great White Bard
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Farah Karim-Cooper on The Great White Bard

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Can we love Shakespeare and be antiracist? Farah Karim-Cooper’s new book explores the language of race and difference in plays such as Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, and The Tempest.

Margo Hendricks on Shakespeare, Race, and Romance
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Margo Hendricks on Shakespeare, Race, and Romance

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Margo Hendricks joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about her research in pre-modern race studies and her romance and mystery novels.

Debra Ann Byrd on Becoming Othello
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Debra Ann Byrd on Becoming Othello

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Theater-maker and past Folger Fellow Debra Ann Byrd tells us about her solo show.

Ian Smith on Black Shakespeare
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Ian Smith on Black Shakespeare

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Ian Smith returns to Shakespeare Unlimited and talks with Barbara Bogaev about how we can develop our “racial literacy” and read race in plays like Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and Hamlet.

Black Women Shakespeareans, 1821 – 1960, with Joyce Green MacDonald
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Black Women Shakespeareans, 1821 – 1960, with Joyce Green MacDonald

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Joyce Green MacDonald shares the history of four Black women Shakespeareans who took to the American stage from 1821 – 1960: The African Grove Theatre’s “Miss Welsh,” Henrietta Vinton Davis, Adrienne McNeil Herndon, and Jane White.

Shakespeare's Language and Race, with Patricia Akhimie and Carol Mejia LaPerle
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Shakespeare's Language and Race, with Patricia Akhimie and Carol Mejia LaPerle

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Dr. Patricia Akhimie and Dr. Carol Mejia LaPerle explore the ways that Shakespeare’s language—think descriptors like “fair,” “sooty,” and “alabaster”—constructs and enshrines systems of race and racism.

Race and Blackness in Elizabethan England, with Ambereen Dadabhoy
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Race and Blackness in Elizabethan England, with Ambereen Dadabhoy

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 168 When did the concept of race develop? How far should we look back to find the attitudes that bolster white supremacy? We ask Dr. Ambereen Dadabhoy, an assistant professor of literature at Harvey Mudd College, and…

Black Lives Matter in Titus Andronicus
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Black Lives Matter in Titus Andronicus

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 155 In his classes at Binghamton University, David Sterling Brown and his students examine Shakespeare’s plays through the lens of Critical Race Theory. You might have heard about Critical Race Theory lately: put simply, it’s a way…

Shakespeare in the Caribbean
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Shakespeare in the Caribbean

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 35 Shakespeare and his plays are woven deeply into the culture of the Caribbean, both white and black. Even after centuries of British colonial rule came to an end, Shakespeare endured.  There’s a long tradition in the…

African Americans and Shakespeare
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African Americans and Shakespeare

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African American engagement with Shakespeare goes back a long way—maybe even farther than you’d imagine. And like so much else surrounding American race relations, African American performance of Shakespeare is inextricably linked to the experiences of…

Shakespeare in Black and White
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Shakespeare in Black and White

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In the second of two episodes about Black Americans and Shakespeare, we talk with scholars Marvin MacAllister and Ayanna Thompson about the period between the end of the Civil War and the 1950s: from Reconstruction, through the period of Jim Crow segregation, and into the Civil Rights Era.