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Riassunto: This book takes Shakespeare's plays as a site for studying the specter of interracial sex-of a "jungle fever"-in early modern England's envisionings of itself. Shakespeare's works here assume the status of interrogating, of re-envisioning, rather than simply restaging the scene of a horrific sexual encounter. The author argues that early modern England's national-imperial aesthetic, notably its evocation of classicism, relies significantly on a textual and cultural manipulation of race.
Nowhere is this more apparent and popularly accessible than in the period's drama and in sacrificial rape stories, narratives in which a raped white woman kills herself not only to reclaim her lost virginity but also to claim or reclaim her racial whiteness. Not surprisingly, the desire to affirm the sacrificially raped woman as white necessitates the inclusion of black male bodies in these stories. This inclusion is made all the more conspicuous by the fact that there are no known historical accounts of a black man raping a white woman in early modern England. Why, then, the obsession with "jungle fever"?
The answer, the author argues, is to be found in the creation of a rhetoric of masculinity and whiteness in England's shaping of its national and imperial ambitions. He anchors his claims by focusing on a variety of classical and early modern sites-Rome, Venice, Ireland, Africa, and Egypt-and by examining a range of sources, including dramatic texts, narrative poems, paintings and other illustrations, medical lore, and geographies. Through close studies of Titus Andronicus, Othello, and Antony and Cleopatra, this book deepens our understanding of race (then and now) as well as the role granted Shakespeare in cultural discourses past and present.
L'autore: Arthur L. Little Jr. is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Titolo: Shakespeare Jungle Fever: National-Imperial ...
Casa editrice: Stanford University Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2000
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Stanford University Press, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Please feel free to contact us for additional photos or details about this item. International Customers: Items over 3 lbs may incur additional shipping charges. Codice libro della libreria mon0000566563
Descrizione libro Stanford University Press, 2000. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good++/Very Good. First Edition. Dark blue clothbound hard cover with gilt titles to spine; boards and gilt clean and bright, with just light bumping to corners and head & tail of spine (photographs will be uploaded for reference). Unclipped d/j clean, with some light creasing across head and tail edge. Spine very lightly sunned - although this is only noticeable when the d/j is laid flat. Some thumb/user marks to fore-edges. Interior virtually spotless; no previous owner signatures, inscriptions or annotations noted, and the only markspotted is the number 823 stamped to the bottom of the ffep. 1st class postage and postage outside the UK will be charged at cost, which may be slightly more than quoted online. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to support British Heart Foundation (Reg Charity No 225971) in its fight against heart disease. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 001780
Descrizione libro Stanford University Press, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Very good. Codice libro della libreria HH-163-04-3813803