Cardenio: Shakespeare’s lost race play?

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The History of Cardenio, Gary Taylor’s reconstructed/collaborative performance script, offers something new for the early modern canon, a romance whose central focus is a "mulatta" who marries the "white" son of a duke. For early modern race scholars, this text and future performances of it will provide new avenues for scholarship. Finally, we can theorize more fully about how race functions in the romance genre to balance out the tragedy-/Othello-obsessed focus of much of our research; the play, after all, ends with a double marriage instead of a murder-suicide. In addition, The History of Cardenio allows us to discuss the intersectionality of race, class, and gender in a much more comprehensive way, complementing and even challenging the Cleopatra-obsessed focus of much of our work on race and gender in the early modern period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Creation and Re-Creation of Cardenio
Subtitle of host publicationPerforming Shakespeare, Transforming Cervantes
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781137344229
ISBN (Print)9781137344212
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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