Black Face Maligned Race: The Representation of Blacks in English Drama from Shakespeare to Southerne

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Anthony Barthelemy considers the influence of English political, social, and theatrical history on the depiction of black characters on the English stage from 1589 to 1695. He shows that almost without exception blackness was associated with treachery, evil, and ugliness. Barthelemy's central focus is on black characters that appeared in mimetic drama, but he also examines two nonmimetic subgenres: court masques and lord mayors' pageants. The most common black character was the villainous Moor. Known for his unbridled ...

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