Inkface: Othello and White Authority in the Era of Atlantic Slavery (Paperback)

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In Inkface, Miles P. Grier traces productions of Shakespeare's Othello from seventeenth-century London to the Metropolitan Opera in twenty-first-century New York. Grier shows how the painted stage Moor and the wife whom he theatrically stains became necessary types, reduced to objects of interpretation for a presumed white male audience. In an era of booming print production, popular urban theater, and increasing rates of literacy, the metaphor of Black skin as a readable, transferable ink became essential to a fraternity of literate white men who, by treating an elastic category of marked people as reading material, were able to assert authority over interpretation and, by extension, over the state, the family, and commerce. Inkface examines that fraternity's reading of the world as well as the ways in which those excluded attempted to counteract it.

About the Author

Miles P. Grier is Associate Professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780813950372
ISBN-10: 0813950376
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication Date: December 28th, 2023
Pages: 346
Language: English