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December 12, 2023 • 12:00 pm
In Shakespeare’s White Others, David Sterling Brown explores the famous playwright’s role and investment in identity politics. Dr. Sterling Brown argues that racial categories were already in formation during Shakespeare’s lifetime and that Shakespeare’s works functioned as engines of white identity formation, in particular. An essential contribution to the history of theater, Shakespeare’s White Others is an important book for the dismantling of racial profiling on—and off—stage.
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Copies of Shakespeare’s White Others are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so.
About the Author: David Sterling Brown is Associate Professor of English at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and a member of the Curatorial Team for The Racial Imaginary Institute, founded by Claudia Rankine. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society fellowship and the Shakespeare Association of America’s Publics Award. Additionally, he is an Executive Board member of the Race Before Race conference series and he serves as dramaturg for the Untitled Othello Project, an ensemble that is reconceptualizing how theatre practitioners engage with Shakespeare’s work. His research, teaching and public speaking interests include African-American literature, drama, mental health, gender, performance, sexuality, and the family. Learn more at www.DavidSterlingBrown.com.
About the Moderator: Jennifer Lynn Stoever is Associate Professor of English at Binghamton University and founding Editor-in-Chief of Sounding Out! She is author of The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening (NYU Press, 2016). She has published in Social Text, Social Identities, Sound Effects, Modernist Cultures, American Quarterly, and Radical History Review among others, including The Oxford Handbook of Sound Art and The Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Studies. Stoever’s book-in-progress, Living Room Revolutions: Black and Latinx Women Collecting and Selecting Records in the 1960s and 1970s, is supported by National Endowment for the Humanities and Howard Foundation fellowships.
Author programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are sponsored by Connecticut Public Broadcasting and the Wish You Well Foundation. Virtual author programs are supported by Suzanne Hopgood in the memory of former MTH&M Trustee Frank Lord.