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The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello
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The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Lindsey R. Swindall

Abstract

This book examines the historical and political context of acclaimed African American actor Paul Robeson’s three portrayals of Shakespeare’s Othello in the United Kingdom and the United States. These performances took place in London in 1930, on Broadway in 1943, and in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1959. All three of the productions, when considered together, provide an intriguing glimpse into Robeson’s artistry as well as his political activism. The book maintains that Robeson’s development into a politically minded artist explicates the broader issue of the role of the African American artist in t ... More

Keywords: African American actor, Paul Robeson, Shakespeare, Othello, Broadway, Stratford-upon-Avon, political activism, political engagement, black actor, theater segregation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604738247
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lindsey R. Swindall, author