Race, Identity, and Duplicity: Rethinking Racial Identity in Shakespeare (Abstract Date Sep 30, 2013; Conference Date Apr 2014)

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This session will explore the ways in which Shakespeare’s plays represent and complicate constructions of racial identity. How do the motifs of sight and blindness, black and white, light and dark, or the association of blackness with villainy construct, or possibly challenge, conceptions of ‘authentic’ racial identity? How do representations of characters like Othello, Shylock, and Caliban indicate the imposed limits of Western constructions of race? Send 300-word abstract to

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