Free Library of Philadelphia — Parkway Central Library (215) 496-8001
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Shakespeare's England was a profoundly xenophobic culture, with most people considering the Irish an entirely different race from the English, never mind people from Africa or the New World. As acceptance and equal treatment have become hallmarks of modern Western thought, Shakespeare has been conceived of as a humanist who transcended his culture's biases, but was he really? This lecture looks at all the different ways Shakespeare presented race in his plays.