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The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello$
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Lindsey R. Swindall

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604738247

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.001.0001

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Robeson at Stratford

Robeson at Stratford

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(p.167) Chapter Seven Robeson at Stratford
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The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello
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Lindsey R. Swindall

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.003.0008

This chapter explores Robeson’s third portrayal of Othello in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1959. This triumphant moment recalled the pinnacle of Robeson’s career, the Broadway Othello, while symbolizing his victory over the State Department’s unconstitutional withholding of his right to travel overseas. This revival afforded audiences abroad the opportunity to affirm their support for him as both an artist and a citizen of great courage who had stood steadfastly against government suppression and emerged with his dignity intact.

Keywords:   Paul Robeson, Othello, African American actors

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