Racing Shakespeare | Newberry

Racing Shakespeare

Performing Identities
Friday, October 23, 2015

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Francesca Royster, DePaul University
Full, wait list available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

In this seminar, we’ll look at Titus Andronicus, the Merchant of Venice, and The Tempest through the lens of race to think about what’s both familiar and strange about Shakespeare’s treatment of racial identity, especially as it gets entangled with gender, sexuality, religion, and nationality. We’ll look at early modern medical handbooks, travelogues, and the plays themselves, to consider nascent theories of racial difference. And we’ll discuss some of the issues these plays raise for us in our own time, including casting, appropriation/revision/translation, and race as a performance/social construction.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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