- Wednesday | March 14, 2018
- 6:00 pm
- The Free Library of Philadelphia; Room 108; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library)
- 215-496-9722 ext 101
“Shakespeare and Race”
Led by scholar-in-residence, Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Shakespeare’s England was a profoundly xenophobic culture, with most people considering the Irish an entirely different race than the English, never mind people from Africa or the New World. As acceptance and equal treatment have become hallmarks of modern Western thought, Shakespeare has been conceived of as a humanist who transcended his culture’s biases, but is that always true? This lecture will look at all the different ways Shakespeare presented race in his plays.