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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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An Introduction to Shakespeare’s Othello

An Introduction to Shakespeare’s Othello

(p.11) Chapter One An Introduction to Shakespeare’s Othello
The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Lindsey R. Swindall

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter introduces Shakespeare’s play and offers an overview of important precedents—from Britain, the US, and the African American community—to Robeson’s portrayal of the Moor of Venice. It also provides context for Robeson’s artistry by looking at Shakespeare in the African American community and the importance of the black oratorical tradition to Robeson’s acting methodology.

Keywords:   Paul Robeson, Moor of Venice, African American actors, African American community, black oratorical tradition, acting

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