Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance

Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance

by S. Newstok
     
 

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The accomplished contributors add significant understanding to the staging and teaching of Macbeth and reflect on the rich history of African Americans struggling to find a voice on the American stage.

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The accomplished contributors add significant understanding to the staging and teaching of Macbeth and reflect on the rich history of African Americans struggling to find a voice on the American stage.

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"Timely . . . as with the best works of historical scholarship, Newstok and Thompson's collection merges detailed historiography with immediate relevancy, making this a valuable book indeed." - Dan Venning, Theatre History Studies

"There is something for everyone in this worthy volume." - CHOICE

"Remarkable." - Jonathan Gil Harris, Studies in English Literature

"Weyward Macbeth is an excellent companion piece for theatre educators looking to enrich classroom instruction or to further students' understanding of fully realized productions. Newstok and Thompson's diverse collection of provocative and enlightening articles serves as a valued addition to Shakespearean scholarship and as a complement to the study of Macbeth." - John Robert Moss, Theatre Topics

"A welcome addition to the scholarship on theatrical history and practice . . . most of the contributors do show the considerable charge that thinking differently, or highlighting and remembering race, can bring to the play . . . most of the authors at some point refer parenthetically to one or more of their fellow contributors, offering a sense of cogency, a wider arc of discussion, than many such collections manage." - Eric Mallin, College Literature

"In this remarkable and ground breaking book, the editors have put together essays that examine the text and spirit of Macbeth from different and, sometimes, startling perspectives." - The Griot: The Journal of African American Studies

"This rich and provocative collection of essays is a compilation of historical, theoretical and interdisciplinary viewpoints on ways in which performances of Macbeth have engaged issues of race . . . Weyward Macbeth leaves a reader strangely unsettled as, of course, does Macbeth. I closed the volume with a new sense of Macbeth's importance to issues of race in the United States, more acutely aware of the ferment and potential of engaging with this intersectional study, and yet also conscious of the still fragmented state of this aptly named 'weyward' pursuit . . . Many diverse perspectives are at work in this volume, and not always towards the same ends. But in the last analysis, that diversity seems utterly appropriate: the move here is not to establish a new orthodoxy but to break down received ideas about race and Shakespeare . . . Newstok and Thompson's volume corroborates that vision of multiple Shakespeares and multiple Shakespeareans, both within 'the confines of the script' and beyond it." - Nicholas Jones, Shakespeare Bulletin

"This collection undoubtedly demonstrates the intractable diversity of American readings of Macbeth over time . . . Weyward Macbeth goes a long way in making the effort to tell that difficult history." - Robert Ormsby, Modern Drama

"Weyward Macbeth deserves reading - and re-reading - because, contrary to popular belief, Orson Welles's famous 'Voodoo' Macbeth (1936) was far from unique in re-casting Shakespeare in a non-traditional setting. With over 100 cross-racial productions recorded here, you are bound to ask: why have so many Americans been repeatedly drawn to this particular play in the context of racial discourses? Read this penetrating study to find out - it's an intellectual delight." - James V. Hatch, Professor Emeritus, The Graduate Theatre Program at the City University of New York and co-author of A History of African American Theatre

"Weyward Macbeth is an interesting and deeply thought-provoking book, which is well set out, and ideal to dip into when a fresh perspective is required about Macbeth." - Jane Wright, seriouslyshakespeare.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230616332
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
12/22/2009
Series:
Signs of Race Series
Edition description:
2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

AYANNA THOMPSON Arizona State University, USA
HEATHER NATHANS University of Maryland, USA
BERNTH LINDFORS University of Texas Austin, USA
JOHN BRIGGS University of California, Riverside, USA
JOYCE GREEN MACDONALD University of Kentucky, USA
LISA SIMMONS Independent Filmmaker
MARGUERITE RIPPY Marymount University, USA
SCOTT NEWSTOK Rhodes College, USA
LENWOOD SLOAN Director of Cultural and Heritage Tourism Program Pennsylvania, USA
WALLACE CHEATHAM Composer and Musicologist
DOUGLAS LANIER University of New Hampshire, USA
TODD LANDON BARNES University of California, Irvine, USA
PETER ERICKSON Williams College, USA
PHILIP KOLIN University of Southern Mississippi, USA
CELIA DAILEADER Florida State University, USA
AMY SCOTT-DOUGLASS Denison University, USA
FRANCESCA ROYSTER DePaul University, USA
COURTNEY LEHMANN University of the Pacific, USA
HARRY J. LENNIX Actor
RICHARD BURT University of Florida, USA
NICK MOSCHOVAKIS Reed College, USA
ALEXANDER C. Y. HUANG Penn State University, USA
ANITA MAYNARD-LOSH Director
JOSÉ A. ESQUEA Director
WILLIAM C. CARROLL Boston University
CHARITA GAINEY-O'TOOLE doctoral student, Harvard, USA
ELIZABETH ALEXANDER Yale, USA
BRENT BUTGEREIT Rhodes College, USA

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