Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Peter Erickson "The Significance of Shakespeare's Whiteness"

The Early Modern Colloquium and the Drama Interest Group, together with the Department of English and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, invite you to attend a lecture by 

Peter Erickson

"The Significance of Shakespeare's Whiteness"
November 20th, 4:00pm, 3222 Angell Hall

Light refreshments will be served


Graduate students are also invited to attend a workshop with Peter Erickson at 9am on Nov. 21st in 3184 Angell Hall. Please email Elizabeth Mathie at to receive a copy of the precirculated paper "Bending toward Justice: From Shakespeare's Black Mediterranean to August Wilson's Black Atlantic." Coffee and breakfast will be served.

Peter Erickson is a senior lecturer in the department of Theater and a faculty affiliate in African American Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of several books, including Citing Shakespeare: The Reinterpretation of Race in Contemporary Literature and Art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), and has co-edited two volumes on the study of race in the early modern period entitled Early Modern Visual Culture: Representation, Race, and Empire in Renaissance England (U Penn Press, 2000) and Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's Othello (MLA, 2005). He is currently working on a book project entitled Transfiguring Race: Racial Iconographies in Cross-Historical Perspective. In his lecture and workshop, he will be presenting contributions in progress intended for two larger projects: Arthur Little's White People in Shakespeare and David Ruiter's Shakespeare and Social Justice. Peter Erickson has written numerous essays on reading, teaching, and studying race in Shakespeare; on early modern visual culture; and on Shakespeare and contemporary theater.

Both the Early Modern Colloquium and the Drama Interest Group are Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops and would like to thank Rackham for their generous support.

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