n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Combatting Amnesia : Weyward Macbeth, Scott L. Newstock and Ayanna Thompson (Eds.) : book review
|Article Title||Combatting Amnesia : Weyward Macbeth, Scott L. Newstock and Ayanna Thompson (Eds.) : book review|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||Shakespeare in Southern Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||84 - 86|
For those interested in adaptations, appropriations and localisations of Shakespeare, Weyward Macbeth is a collection of essays providing a fascinating, interdisciplinary record of Macbeth's many performances and appropriations in American theatre as well as in American literary, political and social history. A volume in the Signs of Race series which aims "to make us more conscious, and more critical, readers of the signs that have separated, and still separate, one group of human beings from another" (Series Editor's Preface), Weyward Macbeth traces how race intersects with Macbeth. The book's editors construct a history of the play in theatre, film, music, poetry, cartoons and politics which narrates how race and racism haunt the performance of Macbeth. The book is far from monolithic and didactic, however, developing its theme from multiple standpoints and in relation to different periods.
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